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Murder leaves family 'devastated'

Hannah Smith
Police forced entry to Mrs Smith's flat after being called by a worried relative

The family of a 63-year-old grandmother murdered in her own flat have been talking of the devastation they feel at her death.

Hannah Smith was found on Monday after a "prolonged attack" in her flat in Cranhill's Soutra Place. She last spoke to her family on Christmas Day.

Her brother Hugh Currie told BBC Scotland he "felt terrible".

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses to come forward, as they have yet to establish a motive.

Mr Currie said he and his brother James had gone to the flat but police had not allowed them in.

TIMELINE - CRANHILL MURDER
Cranhill flat, murder scene
Mrs Smith was last seen at 1900 GMT on Christmas Eve
She spoke on the phone at about 1900 GMT on Christmas Day
Family phoned several times on Saturday and Sunday without making contact
Police were called by a worried relative on Monday
Flat door forced by officers and body found at about 1800 GMT on Monday

He said: "I just felt terrible. There's nothing you can do about it is there? Dunno what's happened. Just hope they get whoever has done it.

"We just thought she'd fallen asleep and never woke up, that's what we thought.

"She wouldn't let anybody in. She looked through the spyhole before letting anyone in."

Hannah's sister-in-law Jenny said: "It just didn't sink in. I just couldn't believe it. Just devastated. To think you'll never see her again. I spoke to her on Christmas Day and she was fine. Totally shocking.

"She was the most genuine person I ever met. If she had something to say to you, she'd say it. She was my sister-in-law but she was like a sister to me.

"A motive escapes me. She didn't have any money or anything."

'Detailed examination'

Police have been speaking to her neighbours to try to clarify when she was last seen alive.

They have also been carrying inquiries at the high-rise block to piece together her last movements.

The family tried to phone Mrs Smith several times over the days following Christmas, but were unable to make contact.

Officers forced entry to the fourth-floor flat after being called by a worried relative.

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

"Mrs Smith lived alone and last spoke to relatives on Christmas Day. It is important that we clarify when she was last seen alive.

"I would appeal to anyone who saw Hannah any time after 7pm on Thursday December 24 to contact us."

The detective said there would be extra police patrols in the area.

He added that the attacker may well have been blood-stained.



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