‘I can’t forgive dad for killing mum and burying her as mistress hid in shed’

A grieving son has told of his 12 years of torment since his dad murdered his mum.

Graham Jarvis had his life ripped apart when mum-of-four Carol was found dead at home aged 47.

What he didn’t know at the time was that his own father Harry was responsible.

Graham said: “I don’t think I’ll ever forgive or forget dad for what he has done because there was no rhyme nor reason.”

Scheming Harry, a former bus driver, hid his mistress Rita Heyster in the garden shed before carrying out the murder.

He then hid his wife’s body under the floorboards and left her to rot.

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When her remains were found by police at the family home in Bathgate, West Lothian, Harry went on the run with Rita.

When he was caught and brought in for questioning, he falsely claimed it happened as part of a kinky sex game.

Even when he faced trial in court in 2011, Harry kept changing his story.

Graham is disgusted that his dad refused to tell the truth – and says he can never forgive him for not revealing what happened to Carol in her dying moments.

He said: “He’s basically a compulsive liar, so anything he says you just take with a pinch of salt.

"The way the whole trial went and the way he handled himself… if he had put his hand up and if we knew what had actually happened, then that’s potentially whereby you can just process it more.

“Whereas I think now that there will forever be that question of what actually happened. Nobody’s going to know that and I think because of that you can never forgive him for it.”

Harry was found guilty of the 2009 murder and sentenced to at least 15 years in prison. All of his children refused to ever visit him.

Graham said: “After the trial, that was the last time we saw dad. I don’t think any of us got in contact with him.”

Harry died behind bars aged 67 in 2017. But Graham didn’t get the closure he hoped it would bring him.

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He said: “When he died it was like it was closed off, but then again it’s never really closed off.”

And Graham is still crippled by grief over losing his mum. He added: “It still plays on your mind after 11 years. It’s still like it was yesterday.”

The case features in true crime series Killer Britain, which is available to stream on Crime+Investigation.

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