Glasgow & West Scotland

Muazim Shah guilty of brutal murder of Lynne Farquhar

Lynne Farquhar
Image caption Ms Farquhar's body was found at her flat in Barrhead

A man has been convicted of murdering a 47-year-old woman in a brutal attack at her flat in East Renfrewshire.

Muazim Shah, 33, is believed to have killed Lynne Farquhar at her home in Barrhead last September after she refused to give him drugs on credit.

He was caught after a bloody footprint was found on the victim's body.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Shah was also convicted of attempting to defeat the ends of justice. He now faces a mandatory life sentence.

The court was told that Shah had previous convictions, including a drugs offence for which he received a six-year sentence in England.

'Horrific bruising'

He is believed to have bought heroin from Ms Farquhar and snapped when she refused to give him drugs on credit.

During the frenzied attack, Shah left his victim with a fractured skull, three broken ribs, a fractured larynx and horrific bruising to her head and neck.

After beating Ms Farquhar to death he went home and watched television and played with his children.

The court was told that when Shah kicked and stamped on Ms Farquhar, his white trainers left an imprint in blood on her stomach and a partial footprint at her ear.

Shah was captured on CCTV wearing a pair of the Adidas Lin jogger trainers on the day of the murder, but he disposed of the shoes and his bloodstained jumper and jeans afterwards.

Detectives investigating the murder discovered that Shah's partner and the mother of his two children had bought him a pair of the trainers a few months before the murder.

During questioning by police Shah denied ever having a pair of Adidas trainers but police found a picture of him with one of his daughters on his mobile phone in which he is wearing a pair of the shoes.

Pathologist Dr Marjorie Black revealed that Ms Farquhar died from head and neck injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

Shah's black Toyota Avensis which he drove to Ms Farquhar's home that day was examined by forensic experts who found her DNA on the steering wheel and handbrake of the car.

They were of the opinion this DNA came from either skin or saliva.

Shah admitted to police that he had a heroin habit and had been a customer of Ms Farquhar's.

Bought heroin

He claimed that he had bought some heroin from her on the day of the murder and then went to his car and smoked it.

He said that she was still alive when he left and said that someone else had murdered her.

Shah was also convicted of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of the clothing and shoes he was wearing when he murdered Miss Farquhar and having heroin in his possession.

Temporary judge Kenneth McIver told Shah that he is facing life imprisonment and will have to serve a a lengthy jail sentence before being eligible for parole.

He said: "You have been convicted of a sustained and brutal murderer. The evidence which has been lead showed with chilling clarity the horrific death she suffered.

"She had throat injuries and a fractured skull caused by kicking and stamping.

"She also had defensive injuries to her arms showing she was trying to get away from you and trying to protect herself."

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