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Pensioner Andrew Watson was branded ‘evil’ by a Canadian judge after being convicted of murder

Callous expatriate Andrew Watson, 79, was convicted of bludgeoning Lise Fredette to death and bundling her corpse into his car in Canada.

But, urged by a judge to help Lise’s family by revealing her final resting place, he replied: “No thanks.”

Edinburgh-born Watson – who was convicted on his birthday – stalked Walmart worker Lise, 74, who vanished in November 2014.

Peterborough Superior Court of Justice in Ontario heard that the Scot was described as “jilted and controlling” and the murder was “the final act of harassing her”.

After the guilty verdict, Justice Hugh O’Connell said: “Mr Watson, the road is now over for you. If you have a heart, sir, I would strongly suggest you speak to put closure to this, so this family can lay this very kind, compassionate woman to her proper rest.”

But, shaking his head defiantly, Watson – who will die behind bars – replied: “No thanks.”

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When asked to ease the family’s pain by revealing her resting place Watson replied ‘no thanks’

The judge responded: “It seems to me Mr Watson is a completely, utterly empty vessel, concerned with only one thing: himself. 


It seems to me Mr Watson is a completely, utterly empty vessel

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“There are people, regrettably, like Mr Watson who are the personification of evil.”

Turning to his victim’s relatives in court, he said: “God bless you all and hopefully this provides you with the closure of at least knowing that the person responsible for the first-degree murder of your mother will now be locked away until he draws his last breath.”

Obsessive Watson was arrested 10  days after Lise disappeared and detectives later discovered her glasses and keys next to her car at home, and blood on her driveway.

The pair met at a dance in Peterborough in 2011 and dated regularly before splitting in April 2014 but Watson became jealous of the attention his ex was getting from other men.

He wrote her a string of letters and defied police warnings to stop harassing her in the months before she disappeared.

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The Edinburgh-born 79-year-old was found guilty of killing Lisa Fredette

Police teams using dogs, heat-seeking equipment, divers and a ground-penetrating radar found no trace of the mother-of-two, whose DNA was found in the blood on the driveway. Police officers who searched Watson’s home found blood, rope, tarpaulin and a shovel sitting in a barrel of bleach.

Watson claimed that he could not be guilty as there was no body of his victim and insisted he “didn’t have anything to do” with her disappearance.

He told prosecutors: “Produce a witness who can say they saw me or my car that night. Then you can hang me.”

Last night the victim’s son, Stephane Leclerc, said he hoped Watson would reveal where his mother was. He added: “I knew that he wouldn’t have the…

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