"His faith was very important to him and he prayed five times a day."
Irishman Dunleavy, 40 – a Muslim convert – was last week found guilty of killing 66-year-old Philomena, cutting up her body and burying her in a shallow grave.
He was ordered to be detained in the State Hospital at Carstairs before he returns to court for sentencing in April.
It has now emerged that Dunleavy may have misinterpreted the Koran and slaughtered his mother in an honour killing after she split from his dad
Oh yes, "misinterpreted". So many Muslims misinterpreting the Koran these days. At least according to the non-Muslims of the media.
Mohammed Razaq, who ran the shop below Dunleavy’s Edinburgh flat, befriended him after he moved to Scotland and helped him convert to Islam.
Razaq believes the killer felt his mother had betrayed the family by leaving his dad and going to live with another man.
“I think it was an honour killing, he was trying to protect his family’s honour.”
A source added: “James was pretty obsessed when it came to religion. He was brought up a Catholic but just decided one day he would convert to Islam.
“I can’t say if he killed his mum because he converted, but he believed very strongly in the morals of the Koran and was furious about his mum leaving his dad for someone else. He saw it as adultery and they had a massive argument about it.”
“He was very, very serious about it and cared a lot about it. His faith was very important to him and he prayed five times a day.
That's generally a warning sign when it comes to a religion whose clerics continue to promote the death penalty for any number of things.