PAIGE SLAUGHTERED

Paige Doherty’s final moments: Chilling CCTV shows
murdered 15-year-old walking into deli to buy breakfast before store’s
owner stabbed her 43 times in the head and neck in ‘motiveless’ attack

  • Part-time hairdresser went missing in March after leaving a friend’s house
  • Her body was found days later as mother mourned ‘beautiful, smiling girl’
  • A 32-year-old man has now admitted murder at a Glasgow court hearing 
  • CCTV shows the teenager entering her killer’s deli minutes before murder
  • Killer, who knew his victim’s mother, claims he and Paige argued over a job
A
deli owner has admitted stabbing Scottish schoolgirl Paige Doherty more
than 60 times after she came into his shop for a breakfast roll.
John
Leathem, 32, pleaded guilty to murder this morning after Glasgow’s
High Court was shown CCTV of Paige entering his sandwich shop minutes
before she was brutally killed.
A
search was launched for Paige, 15, after she failed to arrive at her
weekend hairdressing job in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire in
March. Her body was found two days later in bushes.  
She
had a total of nearly 150 wounds following the ‘frenzied’ attack at
Leathem’s Delicious Deli in Clydebank, including 61 stab wounds, 43 of
which were to her head and neck.
Her
killer, who knew Paige’s mother, claimed he attacked her after she
threatened to say he’d ‘touched her’ if he did not give her a job. 

CCTV shows the moment Paige Doherty walks towards the deli where she was murdered

CCTV shows the moment Paige Doherty walks towards the deli where she was murdered
Paige Doherty went missing in Dunbartonshire in March

Her body was found two days later

Paige went missing in Dunbartonshire in March. Her body was found two days later
CCTV shows Paige arriving at the deli around 8:15am on March 19. It is understood she was killed around 10 minutes later.
The footage then shows Leathem leaving the premises as he prepares to dispose of the evidence.
He
was later captured on camera leaving the shop to buy anti-bacterial
wipes, bin bags and bleach, and collect his car from his nearby home, in
a bid to cover up the crime.
Family
and friends of the schoolgirl gasped and stifled cries as CCTV footage
was shown to the court of Leathem carrying her body in a bin liner to
the boot of his car.
CCTV which was shown in court but has not been released by police showed Leathem carrying Paige’s body to his car.
Prosecutor
Iain McSporran: ‘The body of Paige Doherty was wrapped in what appeared
to be black bin bags…her white socked foot protruding. He placed her
body in the rear of the car and closed the boot.’
Leathem went on to change his trousers and bought bottles of bleach before going back to his shop.
But,
Mr McSporran told the court: ‘The shop then remained open for business
with Leathem fully engaged in preparing food and serving customers until
3.15pm that afternoon.’
John Leathem faces a life sentence after he admitted repeatedly stabbing the schoolgirl

John Leathem faces a life sentence after he admitted repeatedly stabbing the schoolgirl

John Leathem faces a life sentence after he admitted repeatedly stabbing the schoolgirl
Leathem spent the day serving customers after the murder. CCTV showed him cleaning up

Leathem spent the day serving customers after the murder. CCTV showed him cleaning up
Leathem
is understood to have stored Paige’s body in a shed at his home before
driving to a wooded area off and dumping her body before opening for
business on the morning of Monday March 21.
The
shop owner, who knew Paige through her mother, claims he grabbed a
knife and stabbed the teenager during a discussion about a job at the
shop.
He claims Paige told him ‘I’ll just say you touched me’ if she was not offered the role, according to his defence counsel.
Ian Duguid QC, defending, said what happened was a ‘gross over-reaction’ to a comment Paige allegedly made.
It
was claimed the teenager had gone to the deli thinking Leathem may
employ her, but that he told her he had other ‘candidates to
interview’. 
The
court heard Leathem’s twin brother had previously been convicted of a
sex offence and the killer was aware of the ‘difficulties’ he had
suffered.
Mr
Duguid concluded: ‘It is not my position that the nature of the comment
would mitigate the number of stab wounds or the brutality of the
attack.
‘I don’t know if it is true or not, but I am only taking the instructions of the accused for what took place.’
The investigation into her death focused on the Delicious Deli, where she was last seen

The investigation into her death focused on the Delicious Deli, where she was last seen
Police at the scene where Paige's body was found following a huge search in March this year

Police at the scene where Paige’s body was found following a huge search in March this year
Leathem
will be sentenced next month. Judge Lady Rae told the married father of
two: ‘This was a savage, frenzied attack on a child.’ 
Paige’s family said they will never get over what happened to the teenager.
Her grandmother described her as a ‘kind and selfless person and all-round good girl’ in a victim impact statement.
Mother
Pamela hears her daughter’s screams in her nightmares, the court heard,
and stepfather Andrew told how they could not get out of their heads
‘the terror that she must have experienced’.
Hundreds
of mourners attended Paige’s funeral in April, when her mother, Pamela
Munro, paid tribute to her ‘beautiful, smiling girl’.
Ms
Munro said: ‘Our daughter had a smile across her face every day and
that’s exactly how she should be remembered,’ she said. ‘There is no
room for evil any more.’
Hundreds turned out for the schoolgirl's funeral after her killing shocked the Scottish town

Hundreds turned out for the schoolgirl’s funeral after her killing shocked the Scottish town
She
continued: ‘Paige, you are now the brightest star in the sky. I can say I
loved you with all my heart as did the man who raised you. He is a
broken man now you are no longer here and I know you will be watching
over him giving him all your strength to go on.
‘He
will never get to walk you down the aisle to marry the man you love but
he has walked you to your final resting place and will carry you in his
heart forever.’ 
Following
Paige’s death, hundreds of people including Scotland’s First Minister
Nicola Sturgeon showed the family support by posting pictures of
themselves pouting with the hashtag ‘PoutforPaige’.
Two
fundraising pages to help the family meet funeral costs and other
expenses collected thousands of pounds within days of being set up.
Police
Scotland Detective Superintendent Duncan Sloan said today: ‘Paige’s
whole future lay ahead of her and her life has been brutally cut short
by the vicious actions of one man.
‘What started as a missing person inquiry quickly escalated to a murder investigation after Paige’s body was found. 
‘CCTV
has been vital throughout this inquiry and officers painstakingly
reviewed hours of footage which ultimately revealed that Paige walked
into that shop but didn’t leave.
‘This,
coupled with extensive forensic examinations of the crime scenes,
helped to establish what happened to Paige and who was responsible. I am
sure that the sheer weight of this evidence has led to the guilty plea
at court today.’ 

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