Falkirk man pleads guilty to murder and rapes

Police guard Steven Mathieson's house the morning after the incident last December. Picture: Michael Gillen
Police guard Steven Mathieson's house the morning after the incident last December. Picture: Michael Gillen

A Falkirk man who killed a woman and raped two others in his home pled guilty to the charges at the High Court in Glasgow today.

Steven Raymond Mathieson (38), pled guilty to the murder of 23-year-old Romanian Luciana Maurer after stabbing her 44 times at his address in Springfield Drive in the Rosebank area late on December 4 last year when his partner was on a night out and his four-year-old son slept in the next room.

Luciana Maurer has a seven-year-old daughter

Luciana Maurer has a seven-year-old daughter

He also admitted raping and abducting two other women, said to be escorts, aged 22 and 26 after keeping the pair against their will within the property the same evening.

The alarm was raised after the two women managed to escape his clutches and got help from neighbours who called police.

Chief Inspector Paterson, local area commander, said: “The murder and subsequent police activity impacted greatly on the community at the time.

“This early guilty plea will be welcome news for those who have been affected locally and beyond.”

When officers arrived on the evening in question, Mathieson was found within the property and was subsequently arrested and charged.

Detective Inspector Dave Pinkney from the Major Investigation Team said: “The incidents that took place within the property in Springfield Drive led to the death of one woman and left two other females traumatised and extremely distressed having been the victims of serious sexual assaults.

“Police responded quickly to the area and detained Mathieson almost immediately. Following extensive forensic enquiries he was ultimately charged in connection with all of the reported offences.

“I would like to thank the victims and the family of Luciana Maurer for their courage and assistance during the course of this investigation.”

He added: “While nothing can undo the pain Steven Mathieson’s actions have caused, they can take some solace in his conviction as we await his sentence.”

Miss Maurer has a seven-year-old daughter, a brother and a sister and sent home 300-400 euros to support them every month.

The family were expecting her home for Christmas before her death.