Found dead 28th October 2011
Jane Kelly (22), an art student, died in October 2011. She was strangled and stabbed in the head by her boyfriend Mark Jarvie (22), at his family home in Powmill, Kinross.
Ms Kelly, of Findlay Douglas Court, St Andrews, in Fife, was a third year fine art student at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, part of the University of Dundee. She had been living in Dundee.
Following her death , Ms Kelly’s family paid tribute to her in a statement which read: “We have lost a very special, beautiful daughter. Life has been taken away from her at such a young age and with such a bright future in front of her. She will be so sadly missed by her mum, dad, her brother, sisters and all who were blessed to know her.”
In May 2012, at the High Court in Aberdeen Judge Lord Tyre instructed the jury to find Jarvie, a former student of Edinburgh University, who has been detained at Carstairs, not guilty of the charge of murder on account of his insanity. A joint minute read to the jury at the High Court agreed he had killed her, but psychiatrists concluded that he had suffered a “total alienation of reason” at the time of the offence.
Ms Kelly was originally reported by the BBC to have died during a disturbance at the house, while Jarvie’s parents were away in Thailand. Later reports do not make it clear exactly when she died, only that her body was discovered by Jarvie’s parents.
The court heard that Jarvie’s parents, Gordon and Linda, walked into his room on 28th October 2011 to find Ms Kelly had been strangled and stabbed in the head with a knife. They reported that she was lying face down on the bed fully clothed and added that their son was sitting on the floor with his hands round her neck. They reported that he muttered something about Alan Sugar and shouted: “Get out of my house”.
The court also heard Jarvie’s friends and family had become concerned about his aggressive, and out of character behaviour in the weeks leading up to Ms Kelly’s death.
After the hearing, Ms Kelly’s parents, from St Andrews, said they were struggling to understand why their daughter was not informed of his condition. Her father, Graeme Kelly, said: “Jane was the greatest and most generous of girls and her loss causes us overwhelming pain. We, as a family, continue to grieve. We cannot come to terms with why Mark Jarvie perpetuated such a wicked, pointless and senseless act.” He added: “We have listened to all the psychiatrists evidence and we are being asked to accept that Jarvie was, and remains, very ill. Nevertheless, we will never understand why he did what he did, nor can we forgive.”
Ms Kelly was thought to have been dating Jarvie for about eight months before she was attacked.
Defence lawyer Ian Duguid QC said his client felt “extreme sorrow, regrets and remorse” for what happened and added: “He has to live with this tragedy every day of his life.” (For Our Daughters notes that Ms Kelly has no life at all and deplores the use of the word ‘tragedy’ in this context)
When he gave his instructions to the jury, Lord Tyre described the case as “most distressing”.
Note: This report was drawn from reports from the BBC.