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Man, 30, who raped and murdered pensioner in her own home is jailed for 19 years

Jason Graham, 30, had previously been jailed for raping an older woman in 2013 and was being monitored by police as a registered sex offender

Jason Graham who has been sentenced for life

A 30-year-old man who raped and murdered a pensioner in her own home has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 19 years.

Jason Graham, 30, appeared at Livingston Sheriff Court on Wednesday to be sentenced over the rape and killing of Esther Brown.

The 67-year-old, who has been described as “a much-loved and active member of the community”, suffered horrific injuries in the attack in the Woodlands area of Glasgow earlier this year.

Graham previously admitted to raping and murdering Ms Brown at a hearing in October.

He will spend at least 19 years in prison and remains under the Sexual Offences Act for life.



Esther Brown was described as “a much-loved and active member of the community”
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Graham had previously been jailed for raping an older woman in 2013 and was being monitored by police as a registered sex offender.

Ms Brown’s body was found at her address on Tuesday 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.

Speaking outside the court following the sentencing, Helen Moran, who worked with Ms Brown in the community, and Sharon McKay, who lives in the Woodlands area, said they were “disappointed” with Graham’s punishment.

“It’s a worry for the community, he (Graham) poses a danger to anybody,” Ms Moran said.

“Esther was honestly a wonderful person, we worked together preparing meals for people in need.”

Ms McKay added: “The impact of her death has been huge in the community.

“The sentencing is very disappointing as many of us in the surrounding community have been victims of perpetrators being let back into society.

“We need to see change in the justice system.”


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