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Life sentence for Edinburgh man who murdered his ex-partner

A 25 year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his ex-partner.

Frazer Neil has been ordered to serve a minimum of 19 years after being found guilty of the murder of Hannah Dorans at his home in Edinburgh on 11 February 2017.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Hannah, a hospital care assistant, had been in a relationship with Neil for over four years. She had ended the relationship with him in January 2017 due to his controlling behaviour.

Neil lured Hannah to his flat in Hutchison Road on 11 February to collect paperwork she needed for her car. Once Neil had her there he strangled her to death with the cord from a dressing gown.

Neil was also found guilty of causing alarm and distress to the parents of Hannah Dorans after contacting them via Facebook on 1 March 2017, just weeks after the murder, to offer them information on Hannah’s funeral wishes.

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

“Frazer Neil has been convicted of the murder of his former partner Hannah Dorans.“His abusive and self-centered behaviour and his brutal and unjustified actions on 11 February 2017 have left the Dorans family devastated.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Hannah Dorans and it can only be hoped that the conviction and sentence will contribute in some way to their coming to terms with what has happened.

COPFS take a rigorous approach to crimes of domestic abuse and we are committed to prosecuting these crimes effectively and appropriately, and to working with the police and our partners to support victims through the criminal justice process.