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Published: 11:12 BST, 12 October 2016 | Updated: 14:37 BST, 12 October 2016
A courtroom erupted in anger today as a sandwich shop owner who carried out a 'frenzied' attack on Scottish schoolgirl Paige Doherty was jailed for life.
John Leathem left 15-year-old Paige with nearly 150 wounds after stabbing her more than 60 times at his shop in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire on March 19.
The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to her murder at the High Court in Glasgow last month and was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 27 years today.
There were cries of 'scum', 'beast' and 'monster' after the sentence was announced and a woman lunged from the public gallery towards the dock, shouting: 'Why did you do that?'
Leathem remained emotionless as he was taken away to a cell. A member of the public told him to 'rot in hell'.
John Leathem has been jailed for life for murdering schoolgirl Paige Doherty (right)
Paige's mother Pamela Munro said the murder had left a 'huge piece missing' in her life
Speaking outside court, Paige's mother Pamela Munro said no sentence could be long enough for what Leatham did.
She added: 'There is one less evil man in this world which then makes the world that lot more safer for kids to grow up in.
'Paige is now safe and can finally rest in peace knowing that justice has been served.'
In passing sentence, Judge Lady Rae said it was a 'savage and frenzied' attack, and described the killing as 'truly reprehensible and impossible to comprehend'.
Prosecutors previously said Paige had gone into the deli for a breakfast roll on the way to her Saturday job at a local hairdressers.
Leathem attacked her in the back office shortly after 8.20am, apparently after an argument about a job.
Leathem's lawyer Ian Duguid QC said the killer claimed to have taken Paige into the office to discuss a job application, but told her he would have to speak to her mother due to her age.
Married father-of-two Leathem claims Paige responded: 'I thought I was getting a job,' before adding: 'I'll just say you touched me,' the court heard.
Mr Duguid said reports showed his client had no anger management issues and was a 'quite unexceptional individual'.
He added: 'This is an individual who is acting so out of character. There is no explanation that can be found.'
CCTV footage showed Paige's final moments as she walked towards the sandwich shop
Cameras inside the shop caught footage of Leathem clearing up after committing the murder
A post-mortem examination found Paige suffered 61 stab wounds, mainly to her head and neck, and 85 cuts thought to have been sustained as she tried to fight off her attacker.
In passing sentence, Lady Rae said: 'You claim that... after discovering she was only 15 years of age, you told her that you could not employ her, as a result of which - you say - this child threatened to reveal that you had touched her inappropriately if you did not give her that job.
'At that stage, after you both stood up suddenly, the child started screaming and then, apparently recalling the consequences to your twin brother of his having been adjudged a sex offender, you immediately reacted by grabbing a knife lying on a shelf in the back office and proceeded to stab her repeatedly.
Paige's mother said she had grown from 'a kind and generous wee soul' to a 'mature young woman'
'No evidence has been placed before me to support your assertion.
'Having regard to your counsel's stance that, even if your assertions were true, your reaction to that alleged threat was in no way mitigatory of this appalling, wicked crime.'
The judge added: 'It is impossible to comprehend how an apparently happily married man, with a young child, who is running a successful business, is capable of such an horrific level of violence.'
Leathem was captured on CCTV carrying her body out of the shop in a bin bag and putting it in the boot of his car.
Footage also showed him leaving his shop to buy anti-bacterial wipes, bin bags and bleach.
He is understood to have stored Paige's body in a shed at his nearby home before dumping her body on the morning of Monday March 21.
Paige was described by her grandmother as a 'kind and selfless person and all-round good girl'.
Her family have said they will never get over what happened to the teenager.
The court heard how her mother Pamela Munro hears her daughter's screams in her nightmares and stepfather Andrew said they could not get out of their heads 'the terror that she must have experienced'.
Paige is understood to have gone into Leathem's shop for a breakfast roll when she was killed
Hundreds turned out for the schoolgirl's funeral after her killing shocked the Scottish town
Speaking after today's hearing, Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide & Major Crime, said:
'Paige Doherty was a bright young girl full of energy and vitality who was robbed of her future by John Leathem.
'Her murder has caused shock and disbelief amongst her family and the local community.
'After the frenzied attack Leathem did his best to evade justice by attempting to clean the crime scene and hide behind his lies. The overwhelming evidence against him has ensured that he now has to answer for this appalling crime.'
'MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER HAD HER WHOLE LIFE AHEAD OF HER': PAIGE DOHERTY'S MOTHER SPEAKS OUTSIDE COURT
Pamela Munro (pictured, right) said outside court:
'Today we saw a monster put behind bars for the unthinkable, brutal crime he committed against our daughter Paige, a beautiful 15 year old with her whole life ahead of her and a massive family and group of friends, who are left to carry on with her no longer here.
'There is no sentence high enough to justify what has happened but we can now say that there is one less evil man in this world which then makes the world that lot more safer for kids to grow up in.
'Paige is now safe and can finally rest in peace knowing that justice has been served to a high standard.
'All we can do as a family is take each day at a time. There's a huge piece missing in our family that can never be replaced.
'I'm thankful for the 15 years we had with Paige, from the kind and generous wee soul she was to the mature young woman she grew into.
'She may not be with us anymore but she will live on through her brothers and sister and the memories we share'.