Butcher, 42, who hacked grandmother to piece, set for sentencing

A convicted killer who hacked a grandmother to death and then dumped her severed body parts across Glasgow is facing life in prison after he finally admitted murder when caught carrying a knife in jail. 

Andrew Wallace, 42, who trained as a butcher after a ten year sentence for killing first victim when he was just 15, will be sentenced in Glasgow’s High Court today. 

Wallace, who was caught with a knife in prison, and described as ‘clearly obsessed with knives and blood,’ by one source, pled guilty to murder on February 4, ahead of his trial, having initially denied the charges. 

Andrew Wallace (left) , 42, who trained as a butcher after a ten year sentence for killing first victim when he was just 15, will be sentenced in Glasgow's High Court today.

Andrew Wallace (left) , 42, who trained as a butcher after a ten year sentence for killing first victim when he was just 15, will be sentenced in Glasgow's High Court today.

Julie Reilly, 47, was hacked to death by the convicted killer and her remains were dispersed across Glasgow

Julie Reilly, 47, was hacked to death by the convicted killer and her remains were dispersed across Glasgow

Andrew Wallace (left) , 42, who trained as a butcher after a ten year sentence for killing first victim when he was just 15, will be sentenced in Glasgow’s High Court today. Julie Reilly, 47, was hacked to death by the convicted killer and her remains were dispersed across Glasgow

The murder occurred at her home in the city’s Govan area between February 6 and 15 last year. Wallace revealed he then got rid of the body and tried to hide his involvement in the death over a near seven-week period. 

Officers had swooped on Sandy Smith butcher’s in Drumoyne, close to where the first remains were found, hoping to find more of the 47-year-old’s body, but nothing else was discovered. 

The grandmother’s devastated family revealed all they had to bury of her was just two bones when they made a desperate plea to Wallace for more information.

Wallace admitted hacking Ms Reilly to death and and dumping her remains across Glasgow, prompting a grisly investigation by police to find her dismembered corpse. 

The charge states at a number of addresses he did ‘dismember’ Ms Reilly and cut off her legs with a knife.

Police discovered body parts near the woman's home prompting the murder investigation

Police discovered body parts near the woman's home prompting the murder investigation

Police discovered body parts near the woman’s home prompting the murder investigation

Wallace admitted h got rid of the body and tried to hide his involvement in the death over a near seven-week period

Wallace admitted h got rid of the body and tried to hide his involvement in the death over a near seven-week period

Wallace admitted h got rid of the body and tried to hide his involvement in the death over a near seven-week period

He then put the remains in plastic bags and suitcases before burying them at a property in nearby.

The grandmother’s family made an emotional plea for Ms Reilly’s return, after she had been reported missing after nine days. But accepted the worst when two leg bones were reportedly discovered in the wastelands.

Wallace – a known criminal who also has a firearms conviction – was eventually arrested for murder. 

Forensics teams searched an area near the grandmother's home hoping for more clues

Forensics teams searched an area near the grandmother's home hoping for more clues

Forensics teams searched an area near the grandmother’s home hoping for more clues

Police had hoped to find more remains at Sandy Smith butcher's but were unsuccessful in their investigations

Police had hoped to find more remains at Sandy Smith butcher's but were unsuccessful in their investigations

Police had hoped to find more remains at Sandy Smith butcher’s but were unsuccessful in their investigations

Police had hoped to find more remains at Sandy Smith butcher’s but were unsuccessful in their investigations. 

One worker at the butchers told the Scottish Sun: ‘Containers, outbuildings, wheelie bins and waste bins were all checked, but unfortunately there was nothing. There was police everywhere. We were well searched. They combed this place.’  

Wallace will be sentenced later today. 

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