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2 April 2015, 14:11
A man has admitted murdering a woman and raping two others at his home.
Steven Mathieson attacked Luciana Maurer, 23, at a property in Springfield Drive, Falkirk, on December 4 last year.
He also raped and abducted two other women, aged 22 and 26, who were at the house on the same night.
They managed to escape and contact police, who arrested Mathieson at the property.
At the High Court in Glasgow today the 38-year-old pleaded guilty to the murder of Ms Maurer and two counts of rape and abduction, police said.
Detective Inspector Dave Pinkney 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.
"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.''
Mathieson will be sentenced at a later date.