Page last updated at 20:58 GMT, Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Woman 'brutally' murdered in her Glasgow flat

Hannah Smith
Police are trying to establish a motive for Hannah Smith's murder

A murder inquiry has been launched after the body of a 63-year-old woman was found in her home in Glasgow.

Police forced entry to Hannah Smith's fourth-floor flat in Soutra Place, Cranhill, at 1820 GMT on Monday after a call from a concerned relative.

A post mortem examination on Tuesday revealed that she had been murdered.

Police described Mrs Smith's death as a "particularly brutal murder" and appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Mrs Smith lived alone and last spoke to relatives on Christmas Day.

I've got 29 years service and I haven't see injuries like it before
Det Ch Insp Iain Cunningham

Police are attempting to clarify when she was last seen alive and have set up an incident room at London Road Police Station.

Det Ch Insp Iain Cunningham, of Strathclyde Police, said: "This has been a particularly brutal murder of an elderly lady within her own home.

"I've got 29 years service and I haven't see injuries like it before. They are horrific injuries and it's been a prolonged attack on the woman who has suffered during this attack.

"At this time we have yet to establish a motive. Our enquiries are at a very early stage and forensic officers will continue their detailed examination of the scene. Door-to-door enquiries are ongoing and extra patrols will be in the area."

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