British justice She has just sentenced a man to life imprisonment for the murder of his lover and the child they had with them. However, the sentence came with a delay of 46 years.
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William McDowell was born 80 years ago in the town of Penrith, County of Cumbria, and lived in Inverness, Scotland, with his wife, Rosemary, during the 1970s.
McDowell, however, was in a relationship with Renee McCray, the wife of Gordon, the owner of the construction company, where he works as a secretary. Over time, rumors about the couple were gaining more and more power within the small town.
According to the hypothesis created by detectives during the trial held at Inverness High Court, Renee may have asked McDowell to leave his wife and move together to another nearby town, Shetland.
But the man would be unwilling to expose their affair in this way, to reveal that they had a son together, three-year-old Andrew, who was passed on as Gordon McCray’s son.
Despite this, they agree to spend the weekend together outside Inverness and then agree to their escape.
Renee and her son Andrew were last seen near the driver’s rest on the A9 near Inverness on 12 November 1976.
That same night, local officials would find the BMW car they were setting on fire. There was no trace of the woman and the child, just a few bloodstains which was the worst.
From the very first moment, officials suspected McDowell because of rumors of an affair between the two. However, despite their efforts, they never managed to find the bodies or extract confessions from the person.
During the trial, the accused assured that that night he was drinking with three friends in the bar of a Road Hotel and eventually went home to sleep with his wife Rosemary.
Soon, Renee’s disappearance became a mystery that crossed the border. According to the BBC, since then, authorities have received more than 120 alleged reports indicating that they had seen the woman and child in various places such as Zurich or Portsmouth.
However, all those reports were rejected by the authorities. On the other hand, what was known in the process was the testimony of a man who was able to see the victims the same night they disappeared.
On the night of 12 November 1976, Martin Shand, a student at Dundee College of Technology, was driving home via A9. As he passed the driver’s restroom, where Renee’s car would later be found, he had a suspicious sight.
“There were two cars. A BMW and a Volvo,” he assured in court. According to prosecutors, McDowell was driving a Volvo car given to him by the company he worked for. Another witness assured during the trial That he also passed by that area and saw that a man was talking to a man and a child who were inside a vehicle.
Another witness, identified as Katherine Johnstone, said that her mother, Eva McQueen, heard a “bloody scream” a few hundred yards from Renee’s vehicle.
Christopher Gancliffe, an expert with 32 years of experience, for his part elaborated that the blood found in the vehicle was largely due to a wound, such as that produced in the head after a blow.
Prosecutors, for their part, reported during the process that McDowell promptly replaced the upholstery of the trunk of his car within two days of the woman and child’s disappearance. “When you walk out of this courtroom, ask yourself why would anyone want to get rid of their trunk upholstery?” One of the prosecutors urged the jury on the 10th day of the trial.
McDowell, for his part, denied all charges against him, including accusing him of obstructing the officers’ work. His defense also alleged that Gordon was the one who murdered his wife with the help of other subjects when the infidelity was discovered.
After the hearing ended, Judge Lord Armstrong told McDowell that “the murders seem to have been pre-planned and planned with detailed calculations … These, in fact, appear to be executions. You murdered your victims, their bodies.” and took several steps to avoid detection.”
The trial jury agreed with Judge Armstrong’s decision.
As a result, McDowell was sentenced to prison, from which he would have to serve at least 30 years.
The delay in this process, however, leaves a problem within Renee’s family, who continue to search for her body and the younger Andrew.
Brian said after the sentencing, “Although justice has now been served, Renee and Andrew’s bodies have not been found and I urge anyone who knows where they are so that they can get that honor.” which they deserve.” Geddes, the police chief who led the reopening of the case.
According to Geddes, McDowell has so far refused to divulge details of what he did to the bodies of the victims.