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Objections voiced over hostel licence

posted 29 Jan 2009, 07:17 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 29 Jan 2009, 07:19 ]
Residents neighbouring a hostel where a man was murdered in a bizarre mock religious ritual have demanded its licence be revoked.

Leslie Moohan, 25, wrapped the mutilated body of David Redpath in bedclothes and plastic bags and dumped him under a bed in the guest house on Harrison Road, Shandon, where they were both living on February 2 last year.

When police caught up with Moohan he gave them a chilling account of how he lay beside the dead body and administered "last rites" before going to his own father's grave to pray for forgiveness. Moohan was sentenced for at least 15 years for the killing.

The hostel's licence is now up for renewal but the council has received almost a dozen objections, cataloguing a series of anti-social incidents allegedly linked to the premises. Local Ruth Muirhead reportedly said: "I'm extremely fearful and concerned for my safety."

Councillors are due to consider the future of the hostel at a licensing meeting tomorrow.

Source: Edinburgh Evening News