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Dublin Man Appears In Edinburgh Court Charged With Murder

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A Dublin born man accused of beating his mother to death before burying her dismembered body on Edinburgh’s Corstorphine Hill has appeared in court.

James Dunleavy, also known as Seamus, made a brief appearance at the High Court in Edinburgh before Judge Lord Uist to plead not guilty to charges of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The trial is due to start in early January and is expected to last 20 days.

The murder charge alleges that between 30 April and 7 May, Mr Dunleavy attacked his mother, Philomena Dunleavy, 66, from Marino in Dublin, at his then home in Edinburgh’s Balgreen Road, inflicting “blunt force trauma injuries” as well as compressing her throat and severing her legs with a blade and a saw.

A second charge accuses Mr Dunleavy of pretending to neighbours that his mother had been unwell and had returned to the Republic of Ireland and that he dismembered his mother’s body and put the body parts in a suitcase which he then took to a secluded clearing on Corstorphine Hill and buried them as well as cleaning blood stains from his flat, burning furniture and disposing of his mother’s mobile phone.

Defence QC Gordon Jackson told the court: “There are two issues in this case. One is whether or not Dunleavy committed the offences – which he denies. The second is related to his mental and medical condition.”

Mr Dunleavy is currently being held in The State Hospital, Carstairs.

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