On the morning of Saturday 19th March 2016, 15-year-old Paige Doherty left her friends’ house after a sleepover. She had been walking the same route for months, as she braved the cold Glasgow air to get to work at her part time job in a nearby hairdressers. Unfortunately, that day was to be Paige’s last.
Paige would never make it to work that morning. Her body was discovered later that day by police in a secluded area of Clydebank, and it soon became clear that the teenager had tragically become a victim of murder. Her death shocked Scotland and horrified the UK; her killer, John Leathem, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 27 years for his heinous act.
In 2019, a documentary released on BBC One allowed viewers an insight into Paige’s case and follow the heartbreaking story from start to finish. The documentary includes interviews from those closest to Paige; from her parents and friends talking about what an amazing girl she was, to those involved in finding justice for her family – allowing us all an insight into how this awful crime affected them all personally. It is truly heart-wrenching viewing and provides great awareness of such issues we unfortunately still face today.
This documentary serves as both tribute and education – allowing audiences to understand just how important it is for us all to remember where we come from and fight against crime like this regardless of whether we know those involved or not. If you are able to watch ‘Murder Case: The Killing Of Paige Doherty’, please do! You won’t regret it – instead you may take away something invaluable from it: Remember that no matter who you are or where you come from, justice must always be served.