A MOTHER broke down in tears yesterday as she told a murder trial her son did not kill his grandmother.
Kathleen Kane, 64, was giving evidence at the trial of her son Garry Kane, 41, who is accused of murdering Kathleen Millward, 87, at her home in Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, on 3 January.
The trial at the High Court in Dumbarton heard how Garry Kane was asked to check on the pensioner by his concerned mother on the day she died and when he called back he was “extremely upset”.
Ms Kane sobbed as she said: “I wouldn’t lie for him or cover up for him because he’s my son. He wouldn’t touch my mother, he adored her.
“He’s always been there for her. I’m not saying he’s perfect, he has his problems.”
Ms Kane was asked by Gordon Jackson QC for the defence: “You can’t think of any reason why he would have done anything remotely like he’s been accused?”
She replied: “No, if I thought he had done that I would not cover up for him. I believe him. My heart tells me he didn’t do this.”
The QC added: “Garry’s position is that he came in and found her.”
Ms Kane replied: “Yes.”
The court has already heard that Mrs Millward’s body was found in the kitchen of her home.
Ms Kane said that she got a phone call from her sister telling her that their mother was dead and she got in her car and drove over to the pensioner’s house.
She said her sister and brother-in-law were standing outside the house and her son was sitting on a chair in the bedroom.
She added: “He was really shaken and I knew right away he was in shock.
“He was very, very upset. He just kept saying, ‘My gran, my gran’.”
The jury was shown photographs of Mrs Millward’s immaculate home and told that in the last years of her life grandson Garry had moved into her home with her.
The court heard that Garry, who was addicted to heroin, had left home at 18 or 19 and served in the army and lived in England before coming home to Scotland in 2007.
Ms Kane said that her son was his grandmother’s favourite, which caused resentment with other relatives.
“Garry would never harm a hair on his gran’s head,” she said.
“He absolutely adored her. Whoever did this was callous to do this and walk away and leave her to die alone.”
Garry Kane denies all the charges.
The trial before judge Lord Matthews continues.