My partner was raped and brutally murdered – I’m reliving her last hours over and over

THE partner of murdered Jill Barclay has shared how her gruesome murder left him with PTSD.

Leon Grant, 49, said evil Rhys Bennett’s admission last week that he raped, murdered and burned his 20-year-old partner alive made his ordeal worse.

Leon Grant has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since the murder of Jill Barclay


Leon Grant has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since the murder of Jill BarclayPhoto credit: Facebook
Jill was murdered and then burned alive


Jill was murdered and then burned alive
Monster Rhys Bennet was imprisoned for life for it "medieval" killing


Monster Rhys Bennet was sentenced to life in prison for the ‘medieval’ murderPhoto credit: PA

The 23-year-old monster was sentenced to life imprisonment in Edinburgh’s High Court for his “medieval” assault and has been handed a minimum of 24 years in prison.

But shaken, Leon said: “I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder last year after it happened.

“Now the court case has brought everything back to light. I relive Jill’s final hours over and over again.”

We told how the remains of the 47-year-old mother were found outside the abandoned Farburn Gatehouse in Dyce, Aberdeen, early on September 17 last year.

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Bennett, from Ballingry, Fife, had pounced on her as she was walking home from the Spider’s Web pub in Dyce, subjecting her to horrific ordeal before setting her on fire.

Leon, who is now single-handedly caring for the couple’s eight-year-old daughter and six-year-old son, is in talks about buying the site where she was found – to shake off the somber memory.

He said: “I just want it to be flattened. This damn house is just getting on my nerves.

“Driving past the property is a constant reminder.”

The owner, Glasgow-based Hafiza Abid, has confirmed he would accept a “reasonable offer”.

Leon revealed that he and Jill had talked about what they would do if something happened to either of them.

He added: “We both said the most important thing was to make sure the kids were okay – they were my priority now.

“They don’t like it when I leave them out of sight, they think there’s still a bad man out there killing people.”

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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