The sister of a Troon woman, who was found dead in the home they shared, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder.

40-year-old Lynnette Greenop was found guilty of murdering Sharon Greenop in Troon in late 2016.

Lynette Greenop must serve a minimum of 23 years in jail.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that between September and November 2016 she repeatedly struck Sharon Greenop on the head and body with an object or objects unknown and compressed her neck.

She failed to get medical assistance for her sister and Sharon was so severely injured that she died.

Sharon’s body was found in her bed on 10 November 2016. The court heard she may have been lain there for several weeks before her body was discovered by police.

Lynette Greenop was also found guilty of assaulting her sister by striking her on the head and body on various occasions between 11 November 2009 and 8 September 2016.

Speaking following the sentencing, Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime, said: “This was a case in which a long and abusive relationship ended with the most severe of consequences.

“This was a challenging investigation for both police and prosecutors in what was clearly a highly unusual and complex case.”

The jury found a charge of murder against Shayla Greenop, the daughter of the victim, not proven.

Full story of the trial in this week's Ayr Advertiser and Troon Times.