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Murdered Emily, 77, was too trusting; OAP killer found her door ajar.

A frail widow was battered to death because she was too trusting, police revealed yesterday.

Deaf Emily Mutch, 77, never locked the door to her home.

And her innocent habit of leaving it ajar made it easy for her killer to sneak in as she got ready for bed.

Senior police officers hunting the brute have warned he may strike again.

They believe Emily was murdered by a burglar she disturbed in her fourth floor home on Thursday evening.

She had spent the day at an OAPs' centre and was attacked less than an hour after she arrived home.

And she died less than a week after being sent home from hospital.

Her body was found on Friday morning by a caretaker at the housing association block in Garnethill, Glasgow, where she'd lived for more than 13 years.

He regularly checked on her at the Buccleuch Street building and made the horror find when he saw her door had been left ajar again.

Defenceless Emily had been attacked as she prepared to bed down for the night although there was no sexual motive for her death.

She had lived alone since her husband, Teddy, died in 1988 and she had no children.

Detective Superintendent Bob Lauder, leading the hunt for the killer, described Emily as a vulnerable old lady who was getting help from the social services.

He said: "This is a particularly odious crime, given that Mrs Mutch was elderly, frail and defenceless."

But he revealed her weekly pension was collected and that she had not been targeted for her benefit book.

Det Supt Lauder said the area of the attack would have been busy at that time on a Thursday night.

"I am urgently appealing for anyone who may have seen anyone in the area, whether they think them suspicious or not, to contact my inquiry team," he said.

He added that elderly people and their carers should not be over-alarmed by the murder but advised them to take extra security precautions.

Anyone with information on the attack should contact police on 0141 532 3000.
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Author:Wilkie, Stephen
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 8, 1996
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