A brutal perpetrator who murdered his 84-year-old grandmother has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.
Scott McCulloch, 26, “lost his composure” before punching and trampling on petite Patricia Bitters, who was just 4ft 9inches tall.
As she lay bleeding on the living room floor, OAP begged a neighbor who had rushed to her aid not to let her “die alone.”
Edinburgh High Court heard that McCulloch, who lived with Patricia in Forres, Moray, had been drinking with friends before the attack last August.
After he returned home, locals reported aggressively yelling at a man and shouting “help, help, stop, stop, no” at a woman.
Then they found the thug standing outside on the sidewalk saying, “I killed my grandma. I did not mean it like that.”
Patricia was found lying on her side on the floor, pressed against a cupboard with blood pouring from her mouth.
Her thug grandson covered his face and said, “I can’t look.”
The stricken grandmother told neighbor Wendy Harrower she didn’t know why McCulloch attacked her, adding: “He just lost his composure.”
The court also heard the pensioner plead with her: “Don’t leave me, I don’t want to die alone. Please don’t leave me if I die.”
McCulloch cried and barely spoke as he called on his mother, Melanie Hendry, to confess.
Patricia was taken to the hospital, where it was revealed her injuries included a brain hemorrhage. She died six days later.
McCulloch appeared in court via video link and admitted to murdering Patricia, who weighed just 49kg.
Lord Beckett told him his actions had “devastated” her family and that he had taken advantage of her vulnerability.
The judge added: “She had given you a home and in return was entitled to expect your protection and support.”
Lord Beckett also told McCulloch that “drinking” was no excuse for the crime.
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