Man jailed for rape and murder of Jill Barclay in Aberdeen


A man has been jailed for at least 24 years for the rape and murder of a woman as she walked home in Aberdeen.

Mother-of-two Jill Barclay, 47, was attacked and burned alive. Her body was found in a street in the Dyce area of the city in September last year.

Rhys Bennett, 23, admitted the crimes, which a judge described as “wicked and medieval in their barbarity”.

Ms Barclay’s family said she had been “a deeply loved life partner, mother and daughter”.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Bennett did not know her before the attack and had met her on a night out.

Prosecutor Lorraine Glancy KC told the court that she was walking home when Bennett from Ballingry, Fife, followed her.

He brutally attacked and raped her in the grounds of an empty property at Farburn Gatehouse, Dyce.

Bennett then left her badly injured at the scene and retuned shortly after in his van. He poured a can of petrol on her and set her alight.

Ms Barclay, who worked for energy services firm Petrofac, was found dead in the street near to the Marriot Hotel, at about 03:30 on 17 September.

Ms Glancy said forensic evidence suggested Ms Barclay…


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