EDINBURGH: James Dunleavy, 40, is charged with inflicting blunt force trauma by means unknown, compressing his mother’s throat and cutting off her head and legs with a blade. The charge further alleges that Dunleavy put his mother’s torso, severed legs and head into a suitcase and took the dismembered body to Corstorphine Hill where he buried her.
Independent Dunleavy had become fast friends with a local Muslim shop manager Mohammed Razaq – who used Dunleavy’s bedroom to pray when he could not get to his local mosque Mr Razaq, 40, said there was a bond between them “like brothers” and he had a set of keys for Dunleavy’s flat, which was above in shop in Edinburgh’s Balgreen Road.
He went on to tell how their friendship broke down soon after Dunleavy’s mum, Philomena, 66, came from her home in Marino, Dublin, to visit her son in late April last year. Mr Razaq witnessed a conversation when Dunleavy was angry and agitated because his mum had split with his dad and moved in with another man.
When he tried to visit again the following evening, Dunleavy would not let him in. “I put the key into the door of the house. I had opened the door barely a foot and James stood in the house and blocked it with his foot.” Mr Razaq told the trial that Dunleavy said: “My mum is not well. She is sleeping. You cannot come in tonight.”
The trial heard that Dunleavy even turned down an invitation to a Muslim wedding in Dundee, claiming he was looking after his mother. Mr Razaq was then told that Mrs Dunleavy had returned to Dublin – without saying good-bye to her son. Dunleavy also told him: “Soon your faith will be tested,” but did not explain what he meant. Mr Razaq said his last meeting with Dunleavy was at the mosque when Dunleavy refused to shake his hand and Mr Razaq returned his keys.
Prosecutors also claim that Dunleavy vacuumed and washed his flat to remove blood stains and torched a bed and mattress.