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Life term for sister killing

A 51 year old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment and told he will serve a minimum of 17 years for murdering his sister.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that on 17 September 2016 Charles Gordon strangled his sister Elizabeth Bowe in her own home in St.Andrews, Fife.

She died in hospital a few days later, on 20 September.

Gordon had stayed with Elizabeth Bowe regularly at the house in Bobby Jones Place. The pair had been arguing during the course of the day.

Later that evening Charles Gordon made an emergency 999 call and intimated to the call handler that he had killed his sister.

Speaking following the sentencing, Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime, said:

"This was a violent and sustained assault and took place despite Elizabeth Bowe offering her brother shelter and a place to stay.

"The nature of this crime is thankfully exceedingly rare and and some comfort can be taken from the life sentence handed to the accused today."