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Son cleared of murdering mother faces retrial

Louise Tiffney, 43, was last seen in 2002.

Louise Tiffney was last seen in 2002 (Police Scotland/PA)
Louise Tiffney was last seen in 2002 (Police Scotland/PA)

By PA Scotland reporter

Prosecutors have been granted permission to retry a man acquitted of murdering his mother.

Louise Tiffney, 43, was last seen leaving her home in Dean Path, Edinburgh, in May 2002.

Her remains were found near a stately home in Longniddry, East Lothian, in April 2017.

Her son Sean Flynn was cleared of the murder by a jury following a trial in 2005, having denied the charge against him.

Prosecutors applied for permission for a retrial under double jeopardy legislation, which came into force in 2011, and allows a person to be retried for a crime for which they were previously acquitted.

Judges have now quashed the previous verdict and authorised a fresh prosecution.

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