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Boyfriend admits to choking, slapping and abusing Aberdeen University student who was later found dead

Emily Drouet, 18, was found dead last year
Emily Drouet, 18, was found dead last year

The boyfriend of an 18-year-old law student who was found dead in her room last year has admitted committing a campaign of abuse against her.

The body of Emily Drouet, who was a student at Aberdeen University, was found in the halls of residence on March 18 last year.

And this morning Angus Milligan appeared at the city’s sheriff court and admitted  sending Miss Drouet “grossly offensive” and “menacing” messages, grabbing her by the neck, choking her, pushing her onto a desk and slapping her.

The court heard that one of the messages sent to Miss Drouet called her “the worst person in Aberdeen”.

The 21-year-old also admitted shouting abuse at her at New Carnegie Court, in Aberdeen University’s Hillhead Halls.

Several days later, she was found dead.

Police launched an investigation into hear death, but found no suspicious circumstances.

Following his admissions Miss Drouet’s parents, Germain and Fiona, called for Milligan to receive a custodial sentence.

Her mother said: “We ache for Emily every second of every day. She has a little brother and sister who are experiencing the kind of agony that no child should ever have to endure.

“Violence against women and girls is a hugely important issue and the sheriff needs to send out a clear message that his actions cannot and will not be tolerated.”

During the court hearing, defence advocate Susan Duff said  Milligan “understands the pain that her family are feeling, and knows that there is nothing he can say or do to change that”.

She described the pair’s relationship as “intense”, and said that the two had found each other to be “kindred spirits”.

Ms Duff added that Milligan had “cared deeply about her, and she had cared about him”.

Sentencing has been deferred for a criminal justice social work report.

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