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Kevin Doherty Jailed Over Lover's 1995 Death
A married man who killed his mistress, hid her body and kept up a charade that she was still alive for 18 years has been jailed for 12 years.
Kevin Doherty, 57, of South Woodford, east London, made two sham calls to himself claiming they were from Jane Harrison, who disappeared in 1995.
He told police he thought the 32-year-old had gone off with another man, the Old Bailey was told. But he was found guilty of manslaughter after a jury could not reach a verdict on murder.
Judge Christopher Moss told Doherty: "Only you know what truly occurred all those years ago - how she died and where her remains lie."
Miss Harrison was last seen shopping with Doherty for a Florida holiday they were due to take two days later in June 1995.
But the prosecution said Doherty killed her, took her body to a lock-up garage and reported her missing the next day.
The body of the mother of two boys has never been found and the evidence against Doherty was only circumstantial, said Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting.
A few hours after she disappeared, Doherty secretly used his mobile to ring Miss Harrison's flat in Highbury, north London.
He picked up her phone and was heard to say: "Where are you now?"
Her babysitter said Doherty looked "sweaty and panicky" and claimed it was Miss Harrison on the phone, saying she would be home later. Shortly afterwards, the phone rang again when Miss Harrison's teenage son Ryan had returned home and asked where his mother was.
He heard Doherty say: "Don't worry, come home."
Mr Rees said both calls were faked by Doherty, adding: "This was the second sham telephone call the defendant made to the flat using his mobile phone, pretending to be Jane Harrison. Essentially, he was trying to manufacture an alibi."
Doherty was questioned about her abduction in 1995 but was arrested last year after a murder inquiry was launched.
He told officers he and Miss Harrison had an on-off relationship during the three years they were together, with him sometimes living with his wife.
Mr Rees said Doherty, who had three children from his marriage, was working as a warehouse manager at the time and often hired vans - and had a "volatile" relationship with Miss Harrison.
Detective Inspector Dermot Carroll said later: "At last Jane's family have got the justice they have sought. I only hope now he has the decency to tell us what happened to Jane."