A vile predator has admitted raping and murdering much-loved Scots pensioner Esther Brown after brutally attacking her inside her own home.
Evil Jason Graham appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday where he admitted assaulting and killing the 67-year-old in May.
The court was told how the evil 30-year-old went on to purchase cigarettes using his dead victim’s bank card at a shop near her Woodlands home.
Her battered body was discovered inside the West Princes Street property on June 1 after she had been missing for four days.
A week after the last sighting of her, officers arrested and charged Graham over her death.
Ms Brown has been described as a “much loved and active member of the community” and was devoted to St Silas Church.
Addressing Graham in court, judge Lord Armstrong said: “You now stand convicted of the gravest of crimes involving the most depraved actions on your part, characterised by utter brutality, extreme and sustained violence against a defenceless woman in her own home.”
Defence lawyer Brian McConnachie QC told the court Graham had “no recollection” of the attack, but has “insight” into the impact Ms Brown’s death has had on the community.
He said the accused is on medication for post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to a “traumatic childhood event”, and that he had consumed “a substantial” amount of alcohol on the night he broke into Ms Brown’s property.
Mr McConnachie said: “It seems to be clear that the combination of the drugs and alcohol have contributed to the offences.”
Lord Armstrong deferred sentence on Graham until November 12 at the High Court in Edinburgh for reports, including on his psychiatric history.
Graham, who appeared in court wearing a blue jumper and blue jeans, remains subject to Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.
Police Scotland have welcomed the conviction and paid tribute to the local community for their support during the murder investigation.
Detective Superintendent Suzie Chow, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Teams said: “Jason Graham will now have to face the consequences of his actions.
“This was a brutal attack and one that left Esther’s family and the community absolutely devastated.
“It has been a harrowing ordeal for Esther’s family, her friends and those who knew her and my thoughts are with them as they continue to come to terms with her death.
“The response from the local community in the aftermath of Esther’s murder really demonstrated how loved and respected she was and I would like to thank them for their support, which was invaluable to the inquiry team.
“Whilst nothing can change what has happened, I hope this conviction will bring them some degree of comfort.
“I hope this sends a clear message that violence like this has no place in our society and will not be tolerated.
“Police Scotland will continue to work alongside our partners at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service to make sure that any perpetrators are brought to justice and removed from our communities.”
Jason Graham is due to be sentenced on Friday November 12.
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