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'He's innocent' - father of man convicted of beheading mother

By Aishling Phelan

Published 23/01/2014 | 08:03

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James Dunleavy found guilty of killing his mother in Edinburgh
James Dunleavy found guilty of killing his mother in Edinburgh
Phyllis Dunleavy
Phyllis Dunleavy

THE father of a man convicted of killing and dismembering his mother’s body has insisted his son is innocent.

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Heartbroken James Dunleavy Snr (68) told The Star that he and his family do not accept the guilty verdict.

 

His son James Dunleavy Jnr stood accused of strangling his mother Philomena to death before beheading her and chopping off her legs.

 

When pressed on who he thought did kill the mum-of-five, he declined to answer but insisted his son was innocent again.

 

Mr Dunleavy was present in court and sat in the gallery as his son repeatedly denied the crime.

 

He travelled to Edinburgh last week to give evidence in James’ defence.

 

In his evidence, his father explained how his accused son had phoned him to say his mother was on her way home but she never returned.

 

His son denied having an argument with his mother who had been staying with him in Edinburgh.

 

Judge Lord Jone ordered that he remain in the State Hospital, Carstairs as psychiatrists continued to assess his condition.

 

He is due back in court in April for the judge to decide where he will be relocated.

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