A man has been convicted of murdering his fiancee, dismembering her body and dumping the remains in bags.
Shop worker Alan Cameron, 56, kept Heather Stacey’s decomposing body at her Edinburgh flat for more than a year then scattered the parts across the north of the city.
The severed head of Ms Stacey, 44, a mother of four was found by a dog walker near a popular footpath on Hogmanay 2008.
Cameron, who admitted dismembering her body, denied murder and claimed she died while he was out buying chips.
But a jury at the High Court in Livingston took three hours to convict him of murdering Ms Stacey at her Royston Mains Place home between November 29 and 11 December 2007.
He was also found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice and of stealing nearly £5,000 over 11 months from his victim’s Post Office card account.
Lothian and Borders Detective Chief Inspector William Guild welcomed the verdict. He said: “Today’s verdict is testament to the hard work carried out by the police and prosecutors, who worked tirelessly to piece together the circumstances of this case.
“It is clear from his actions that Cameron is a callous and calculating individual, whose only thought after murdering Heather Stacey was how he could evade justice.
“For more than a year he carried on his life as normal while hiding Heather’s body, before disposing of her remains in an utterly inhuman manner.
“The verdict that has been delivered today will hopefully provide some comfort to Heather Stacey’s family, and I want to thank them for the assistance they gave police over the course of our investigation.”