Thursday 7 May 2015

'Depraved' Man Jailed Over Young Mum's Murder

A man has been jailed for life for stabbing to death a young woman and raping two others as she lay dead.
Steven Mathieson, 38, stabbed Luciana Maurer 44 times after inviting her to his home in Falkirk.

He then brought two other young women to his house and raped them repeatedly as 23-year-old Ms Maurer lay dead at his home.
The two other women, aged 22 and 26, managed to escape and ran naked into the street to get help.
Mathieson, who earlier pleaded guilty to rape and murder charges, was sentenced at the High Court in Livingston by Lord Bannatyne who said he must spend at least 22 years in prison.
Referring to the attacks, which happened on 4 December last year, the judge said Ms Maurer must have been "terrified".
He said: "Your actings have deprived her parents of their daughter and deprived a young girl of her mother.
"The lives of these people have been devastated by what you did.
"However you did not stop there. You had also invited two other young women to your house.
"When they arrived, you subjected them to a sustained, degrading and terrifying attack, involving their being repeatedly raped.
"Throughout this attack they must have feared for their lives.
"A particularly appalling part of the attack on these women was that the initial part of it took place in the bedroom where the body of the deceased was lying.
"Your actings can only be described as wholly depraved."
The only explanation for the "terrible and senseless crimes", the judge said, was that Mathieson had taken a great deal of cocaine although, the judge added, that did not provide mitigation.
Detective Inspector David Pinkney, of the Police Scotland major investigation team, said: "These women were subject to a brutal and depraved attack which has been extremely traumatic for them, their families and the wider community.
"I'd like to commend the bravery of the two young women and Luciana's family throughout the investigation, and thank them for their assistance with our inquiries.
"Police Scotland welcome this sentence and, although nothing can undo Mathieson's actions that night, I hope that this will give his victims and all those affected by his crimes some sense of closure."

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