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Man who strangled ex-fiancée to death jailed for life

Frazer Neil has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for the murder of Hannah Dorans in Edinburgh.

Murder: Frazer Neil strangled Hannah Dorans to death.
Murder: Frazer Neil strangled Hannah Dorans to death. Police Scotland

A man who murdered his ex-fiancée by strangling her to death has been jailed for life.

Frazer Neil admitted killing Hannah Dorans during a phone call to emergency services during February last year.

He later denied murdering the 21-year-old at a flat on Hutchison Road, in Edinburgh, by putting a cord or similar ligature around her neck and strangling her to death.

The 25-year-old was found guilty of the crime but was acquitted of raping his victim.

At the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday, Neil was ordered to serve at least 19 years in jail before he can become eligible to seek his release on parole.

Keith and Moira Dorans, Ms Doran's parents, said: "No sentence will ever be long enough for us.

"The life of our wonderful daughter was brutally taken from her and our lives are forever changed.

"Hannah was a beautiful person.

"Her life was ended far too soon but she will never be forgotten by those who loved and cared for her."

'No sentence will ever be long enough for us. The life of our wonderful daughter was brutally taken from her and our lives are forever changed.'
Keith and Moira Dorans

A judge told Neil during sentencing that his victim was "much loved by many and full of kindness and hope for future".

Lady Scott added: "Her family have been left absolutely devastated and forever bereft."

Inspector Stuart Alexander added: "My thoughts are with Hannah's family at what is a really difficult time for them.

"Keith and Moira, and their family, have shown tremendous dignity throughout the whole judicial process and the trial.

'Neil has been shown to be a dangerous and manipulative individual who preyed on Hannah's trusting and caring nature, and we welcome this sentence.'
Detective inspector Stuart Alexander

"The devastating loss of their beloved daughter, and their long wait for justice to see Neil sentenced and unable to hurt anyone else, has been agonising for them.

"Neil has been shown to be a dangerous and manipulative individual who preyed on Hannah's trusting and caring nature, and we welcome this sentence.

"This conviction will not compensate in any way for their loss but, hopefully, it will give them a degree of comfort that justice has been done."

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