By Democrat reporter
JOHN Leathem brutally murdered schoolgirl Paige Doherty and dumped her body after stabbing her 61 times in March 2016.
The teenager’s body was found in a wooded area half a mile east of the Kilbowie roundabout on the A82 boulevard at Clydebank two days after the murder.
Paige Doherty was left with 61 stab wounds and 85 slashes to her face, head and arms as a result of the attack.
The 15-year-old Clydebank schoolgirl was murdered in a “savage and frenzied” attack at his Whitecrook sandwich shop in West Dunbartonshire, in March.
Paige was left with 61 stab wounds and 85 slashes to her face, head and arms inthe attack.
After killing the teenager, Leathem stored her body in a shed at his home nearby before dumping her body in bushes two days later.
Since Paige’s murder in March, Pamela, 33, of Clydebank, has worked tirelessly in her daughter’s memory to help others.
It was revealed in court how the killing had affected Paige’s brothers Andrew, ten, and Lucas, nine, and her five-year-old sister Peyton.
The advocate depute said: “In my meetings with Paige’s mother Pamela she has presented as a strong personality who has thrown herself into various events and activities in her daughter’s memory.
“No doubt as her way of coping with the loss of her first born child in such awful circumstances.
“The effect on her siblings, and the loss suffered by her many friends are all set out in touching detail.”
Leathem was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 27 years by judge Lady Rae, pictured above, in October last year.
- Paige’s mother’s plea to Scottish Parliament over post mortems on previous page of The Democrat.