A MAN accused of beheading his mum and burying her in a shallow grave told a pal "I might be evil" a murder trial heard today.
James Dunleavy, 40, had been showing a keen interest in Islam, after also experimenting with Buddhism and New Age beliefs.
He told a pal that he had been hearing voices in his head and that the Koran would not protect him.
Shop manager Mohammed Razaq - who used Dunleavy's bedroom to pray when he could not get to his local mosque - told the High Court in Edinburgh of their conversations - just weeks before the dismembered remains of Dunleavy's mother were found in a secluded woodland clearing.
Mr Razaq, 40, said there was a bond between them "like brothers" and he had a set of keys for Dunleavy's flat, which was above in shop in Edinburgh's Balgreen Road.
He went on to tell how their friendship broke down soon after Dunleavy's mum, Philomena, 66, came from her home in Marino, Dublin, to visit her son in late April last year.
Mr Razaq witnessed a conversation when Dunleavy was angry and agitated because his mum had split with his dad and moved in with another man.
Dunleavy claimed she had been "brainwashed" by a group of women he called "the witches".
ANOTHER MENTALLY UNSTABLE PERSON FALLS VICTIM TO MUSLIM DAWAH.