Corstorphine Hill killer wants out of State Hospital

James Dunleavy wants to go to jail. Picture : Comp

James Dunleavy wants to go to jail. Picture : Comp

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A SON who beheaded his mum and buried her dismembered body in a shallow grave wants to swap his hospital bed for a prison cell.

A trial heard harrowing evidence that Philomena Dunleavy, 66, from Dublin, may still have been alive when her son James - also known as Seamus - began to hack off her legs with knife and saw in his Edinburgh flat.

Mrs Dunleavy’s remains were found weeks later, buried on Edinburgh’s Corstorphine Hill.

Labourer Dunleavy, who worked on Edinburgh’s trams project, denied murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by burying her to try to cover up the crime.

A jury at the High Court in Edinburgh convicted him, by majority, of a reduced charge of culpable homicide.

They also found him guilty of the attempted cover-up between April and July last year.

By that time, Dunleavy had already been sent to the State Hospital, Carstairs.

After the jury verdicts, judge Lord Jones ordered that he should stay there while psychiatrists continued to assess his condition.

Dunleavy, 40, returned to court today for the judge to decide the next move - which could have been an indefinite stay in the State Hospital.

Defence QC Gordon Jackson said: “He doesn’t want to go to Carstairs. He wants a prison sentence.”

The lawyer said medical reports had been prepared for the court but he felt it was his duty to have an independent person look at their recommendations.