Janice Farman, 47, was found dead in the bedroom of her villa on Mauritius in July 2017. A post-mortem examination found she died as a result of asphyxiation caused by compression of the neck. Her 10-year-old son was in the house at the time. Kamlesh Mansingh, 27, a former work colleague, choked her to death with a wire after going to the house with two other men to rob her.
Prosecutors in the Indian Ocean nation have confirmed that all three accused have now admitted their involvement in her death.
Mansingh pleaded guilty to manslaughter during a hearing at the Supreme Court of Mauritius, in Port Louis, earlier this week.
Ravish Fakhoo, 27, pled guilty to a charge of assaulting Ms Farman without intention to kill.
A third man, Hanish Soneea, 20, admitted aiding and abetting Mansingh in killing the expat.
Ms Farman, from Clydebank, moved to Mauritius in 2002 and was the managing director of an IT firm.
She had moved to the town of Albion, on the island’s west coast, only a few months before she was killed.
The court heard son Gavin telephoned one of his mother’s work colleagues on the night of the robbery and told her there were three men in the house.
He said: “My mum’s mouth is covered in blood and she is not breathing.”
Reports at the time said the terrified youngster – who has a form of autism – had been tied up by three hooded raiders.
Ms Farman’s estranged husband, Jean Baptiste, said the couple had split in 2016 and Janice had been contemplating a return home to Scotland.
In statements given to the police, Mansingh said he had met his victim when they both worked for an advertising company on the island.
They lost touch when Janice left the firm but met up again in 2017.
Mansingh and Fakhoo had socialised with her in the weeks leading up to her death.
After running into financial difficulties, they concocted a plan to steal her car and other belongings from her home while wearing
It is thought Ms Farman was attacked after she recognised one of the men during the robbery.
Fakhoo said he held her hands while Mansingh strangled her.
The men fled in her car after stealing jewellery and clothing.
A spokeswoman for the Director of Public Prosecutions in Mauritius said: “A formal charge of manslaughter with aggravating features was lodged against accused parties Mansingh and Fakhoo, whereas a charge of aiding and abetting the two aforementioned accused parties was lodged against Sonnea before the Supreme Court.Fakhoo has pleaded guilty to a charge of wounds and blows causing death without intention to kill. Mansingh pleaded guilty on September 11 to a charge of manslaughter and Soneea to aiding and abetting Mansingh in the commission of manslaughter.”
The three men will be sentenced at a later date.
In a letter read at Ms Farman’s funeral, her parents, Doreen and Alexander Kerrigan, spoke of their daughter’s wish to be cremated.
They said: “We and Janice spoke several times about the fact we wished to be cremated and she always stated that she wished to be cremated.
“Never, ever, did we think that she would precede us.”