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Saudi murder nurse Lucille Ferrie sentenced for fraud

Lucille Ferrie
Image caption Lucille Ferrie admitted three counts of credit card fraud

A woman who faced a flogging over the death of a colleague in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to two years probation for credit card fraud.

Lucille Ferrie, 45, admitted three charges of credit card fraud at Dundee Sheriff Court hearing last month.

In 1996, the ex-nurse, then Lucille McLauchlan, was sentenced to eight years and 500 lashes for her part in the murder of Yvonne Gilford.

But she was pardoned 17 months later and allowed back to the UK.

Her co-accused Deborah Parry - who had been sentenced to beheading after being found to be the main player in the killing - was also released.

The pardons for the pair were granted after so-called "blood money" under Islamic law was paid to Mrs Gilfords family in Australia.

Since returning to the UK, Ferrie, from Dundee, has faced a string of fraud charges and has been banned from practising as a nurse.

Her lawyer told the court that she had "no good reason" and was "at a loss to explain" the crimes.

'Indelible mark'

Ferrie admitted that on 29 April 2010 she used two credit cards - one Visa and one Mastercard - in someone else's name to commit internet frauds from her home by ordering goods worth more than £1,000 from online retailers.

She also pleaded guilty to using other people's credit cards to buy TVs, a mobile phone and a netbook.

Her plea of not guilty to the theft of a bank card was accepted by the Crown.

Defence lawyer John Boyle said the "events in Saudi Arabia had left an indelible mark on her".

He added that she was a "devoted mother of two" and in employment, and had no addictions to gambling, drugs or alcohol, nor any financial difficulties.

"There is no good reason why she would commit these offences. She is at a loss herself to give a reason," he said.

Ms Gilford was found stabbed to death at a military hospital complex in Dhahran, on Christmas Eve 1996.

Both Ferrie and her co-accused said they were forced to confess to a crime they did not commit and later retracted their confessions.

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