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Nurse pardoned in Saudi murder case dies

A nurse who spent 17 months in a Saudi prison for her part in the murder of a colleague before being pardoned has died aged 47.

Lucille McLauchlan, who was struck off the nursing register after later being convicted of theft and fraud back in Scotland, died at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

She had been put on a life support machine after suffering a brain haemorrhage at her home in nearby Broughty Ferry on January 5.

Her solicitor, William Boyle, said Ms McLauchlan had died in the early hours of January 7 with her family around her following a “traumatic brain haemorrhage”.

He added: “Her life support system was switched off on medical advice and arrangements were made, along with Lucille’s wishes, for her organs to be donated.

“All the family are in a state of shock, and they ask that her and their privacy be respected.”

Ms McLauchlan hit the headlines in 1996 when she was sentenced to 500 lashes and eight years in jail as an accessory to the killing of Yvonne Gilford in Saudi Arabia.

She was allowed back to the UK 17 months later after being pardoned.

Another nurse, Deborah Parry, was later sentenced to death by beheading after being found guilty of Mrs Gilford’s murder.

But both nurses were eventually given a royal pardon after Mrs Gilford’s family in Australia were paid so-called “blood money”.

The pair later retracted their confessions, claiming they had not committed the crime but had been forced to confess to it.

Ms McLauchlan was struck off the nursing register after subsequent convictions for theft and fraud in Tayside.

 

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