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Nat Fraser trial: Jury in Arlene murder case resumes deliberations

Nat Fraser and Arlene Fraser
Image caption Nat Fraser denies murdering his wife Arlene in 1998

The jury in the trial of Nat Fraser, who is accused of murdering his wife Arlene, has resumed deliberations after being sent home for the night.

Mr Fraser, who is 53, denies murdering the 33-year-old, who vanished from Elgin, Moray, in 1998.

He claims that if his wife was murdered, the man responsible could be Hector Dick.

The jury at the High Court in Edinburgh spent about three hours considering a verdict on Tuesday.

Judge Lord Bracadale had addressed the jury before they retired.

He instructed them to put Mr Fraser's first trial in 2003 out of their minds.

He said they must base their decision on the five weeks of evidence they had heard in the current trial.

On Monday, John Scott QC, for the defence, said it was a "difficult and anxious" case and argued much of the Crown evidence was "unreliable".

Mr Scott also criticised "a flawed police inquiry".

Advocate depute Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, said in his closing speech on Friday that Mr Fraser had "instigated and organised" his wife's murder.

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