Man admits rape and murder of pensioner

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A man has pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of a pensioner who was found dead in his home.

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Jason Graham, 30, appeared in Glasgow High Court, where he confessed to assaulting and killing Esther Brown.

The court heard that after the murder, Graham bought a pack of cigarettes from Ms. Brown’s bank card.


The body of the 67-year-old was found on Tuesday 1 June at her home on West Princes Street in the Woodlands of Glasgow, after she had been missing for four days.

A week after his last sighting, Graham was arrested and charged by the authorities.

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Ms. Brown has been described as a “very dear and active member of the community” and was devoted to St. Silas Church.

Judge Lord Armstrong told Graham: “You have now been convicted of the most serious of crimes involving the most corrupt acts on your part, characterized by extreme cruelty, extreme and sustained violence against a defenseless woman in her own home.” “

Defense attorney Brian McConaughey QC told the court that Graham had “no recollection” of the attack, but had “insight” of the impact Ms Brown’s death had on the community.

He said the accused was on medication for post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to a “traumatic childhood event”, and had consumed a substantial amount of alcohol the night he broke into Ms. Brown’s property.

Mr McConachie said: “It appears clear that the combination of drugs and alcohol contributed to the crimes.”

Lord Armstrong deferred Graham’s sentence until 12 November at the High Court in Edinburgh for reports including his psychiatric history.


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