Police Scotland welcomes the conviction and sentencing of Sharyn Stewart today (January 18, 2019) for the murder of Alan Cowie in Aberdeen last year.
An investigation was launched after the 65-year-old’s body was discovered at his home at Alexander Terrace in Tillydrone on Wednesday January 3, 2018. 53-year-old Stewart was subsequently arrested and charged and has been on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.
She has been sentenced to 15 years in prison following a unanimous verdict.
Detective Inspector Gary Winter, who led the enquiry, said: “Despite having her own home, Sharyn Stewart lived with Alan Cowie in his flat although claimed to not be in a relationship with him. Our enquiries identified that a significant portion of his finances went on purchases for Stewart and when money was not available to her she became violent and cruel.
"Her final act towards him would turn out to be the most violent and brutal of them all when she - by her own admissions at court - banged his head repeatedly off the kitchen floor and thereafter stood on his throat until he was dead. Alan sustained many injuries during this assault including multiple rib fractures and I cannot begin to imagine what he suffered in his final moments.
“Thanks to crucial information we received from members of the public combined with strong forensic work, Stewart will thankfully now have to spend a significant period of time behind bars. It is just tragic that this outcome has been at the expense of a pensioner being brutally murdered in his own home. My thoughts are with Alan’s family today."