Killer son has con­trol over vic­tim’s es­tate

FIFE: Fam­ily hit out as Pet­ty­cur Bay sends £15,000 bill for dead mum’s car­a­van rental

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Stu­art alexan­der

A mur­der vic­tim was sent a £15,000 bill to pay sites fees for her car­a­van.

Carol Tag­gart was stran­gled by her son Ross.

The law al­lows Ross Tag­gart, 33, to con­trol his dead mother’s £500,000 es­tate from his prison cell, where he is serv­ing 18 years for mur­der.

Bills for sites fees for her car­a­van piled up at her home in Dun­fermline for four years with­out the fam­ily be­ing able to get ac­cess.

The fam­ily only re­cently dis­cov­ered the bill from Pet­ty­cur Bay Hol­i­day Park, Kinghorn, had hit al­most £15,000 – and that Tag­gart had agreed to give the park his mother’s car­a­van to set­tle the bill.

Carol’s fam­ily have con­demned the fact a con­victed mur­derer is al­lowed to man­age the es­tate of the per­son he mur­dered from be­hind bars. They also said the hol­i­day park should have done more to alert them to the es­ca­lat­ing bills.

Tag­gart mur­dered his 54-year-old mother days be­fore Christ­mas 2014 at her home, fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment.

Carol’s son-in-law Stephen Bris­tow said yes­ter­day: “Ross has been able to con­trol ev­ery­thing from a prison cell.”

He added: “The peo­ple at Pet­ty­cur Bay could have had a bit of com­pas­sion.” Mr Bris­tow said the park had been charg­ing fees un­til Novem­ber 20.

“Pet­ty­cur Bay were not will­ing to stop charg­ing fees on the car­a­van,” he said. “They agreed to take the car­a­van as full set­tle­ment but Carol’s car­a­van wasn’t very old.”

Carol’s ex-hus­band Shaun Tag­gart, 55, said: “The car­a­van could have just been handed over at the time but the park has con­tin­ued to charge fees for this.”

He said the law al­low­ing Ross Tag­gart to re­main ex­ecu­tor must be changed.

A spokes­woman for Pet­ty­cur Bay com­plex and The Bay Ho­tel said: “At this time we are still pe­rus­ing a con­clu­sion with the Tag­gart fam­ily and the es­tate ex­ecu­tors.

“We would 100% back any change in the law on the is­sue of a son/child who mur­dered his mother/par­ent be­ing named an ex­ecu­tor of the will.

“This would have pre­vented the fam­ily from this cur­rent dis­tress­ing sit­u­a­tion and al­lowed the process to be con­cluded in a much more ef­fi­cient, timely and just man­ner.”

Ear­lier this year his fam­ily launched a pe­ti­tion urg­ing the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to change the law al­low­ing mur­der­ers to re­main ex­ecu­tor of the will of those they have killed. It has at­tracted more than 11,000 sig­na­tures on Change.org.

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman said as part of its com­mit­ment to re­form­ing the law of suc­ces­sion it will con­sider if there is “a need to amend the law to ad­dress the is­sue of con­victed mur­ders act­ing as ex­ecu­tors for their vic­tims”. In 2014 and 2015 it con­sulted on re­form of the law of suc­ces­sion, and is due to pub­lish its re­sponse to the re­main­ing is­sues this year.

Pic­ture: Kris Miller.

Pet­ty­cur Bay Hol­i­day Park, where Carol Tag­gart had a car­a­van.

Carol Tag­gart, above, who was mur­dered by her son Ross.

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