Man convicted of murder of Claire Turnbull in Blairhall

Published 01 November 2019

A man was yesterday, Thursday, 31 October 2019, convicted of the murder of a woman in Blairhall near Dunfermline.

Aaron Donald, 28, was convicted at the High Court in Livingston following trial which found him guilty of the murder of Claire Turnbull within his home in October last year.

Ms Turnbull, who was 36, was found with serious head injuries at the flat in Rintoul Avenue after officers and emergency services were called to the property at around 7.30pm on Friday, 5 October 2018.

She was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Donald and his partner had been in the flat with Ms Turnbull for the duration of the afternoon when a disturbance ensued inside, during which time Ms Turnbull was attacked.

Donald rang a friend shortly before 7pm that evening to inform them that he had violently attacked Ms Turnbull, who then in turn contacted police and the ambulance service to attend the flat.

Donald was traced a short distance away from the property by officers and was subsequently arrested and charged with murder.

Detective Inspector Kelly McEwan from Fife’s Criminal Investigations Department said: “Claire Turnbull was subjected to an extremely violent attack at the hands of Aaron Donald. The level of violence was so severe that it ultimately cost Ms Turnbull her life.

“Our thoughts remain with her family and friends at this difficult time and I’d like to commend them for their bravery and support as they’ve assisted us whilst our inquiries were ongoing.

“Violence has no place in society and we will continue to work alongside our partners to ensure that the perpetrators of violent crime are brought before the courts.”

Donald is due to be sentenced on Friday, 29 November at the High Court in Glasgow.

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