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Sister of dismembered pregnant murder victim says killer Scott 'should never have been freed'

Notorious murderer Stephen Scott killed, chopped up and buried pregnant teenage girlfriend

The sister of Sylvia Fleming, the 17-year-old murdered, dismembered and buried by her boyfriend Stephen Scott, says her killer should never have been freed.

Speaking on BBC radio, after learning that he was out of prison on a pre-release scheme, Josie said: "That man should never, ever be released because he committed such a cruel cruel thing."

She added: "He'll be able to start a new life for himself while Sylvia can't grow old."

In April 1998, Stephen Scott gave his pregnant girlfriend alcohol and sleep pills, blindfolded her and tied her to the bed at their home in Omagh.

He then taped up her eyes and mouth, injecting her with insulin before she was strangled or smothered - her exact cause of death was never established.

Her body was hauled from the bedroom and hidden in his attic.

The following day, after going swimming, Scott carried her body to the bathroom and hacksawed her into eight pieces.

He and two friend later buried her remains about a mile away at a housing development on Circular Road.

He was sentenced to life in prison in 2000 and ordered to serve a minimum 19-year term.

The defenceless teenager was pregnant when she was killed, cut into eight pieces and buried by Scott, a psychopathic bully so violent he is said to have scared even Johnny Adair while in prison.

On Tuesday, Josie Fleming told BBC Radio that someone told her they had seen him painting a fence this week.

"Even though we knew the time was coming we are angry and fearful," she said.

"That man should never, ever be released because he committed such a cruel cruel thing."

She added: "He'll be able to start a new life for himself while Sylvia can't grow old."

"You never can come to terms with what happened, we're learning to live with it but we'll never, ever get over it."

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