The deli owner who brutally murdered 15-year-old schoolgirl Paige Doherty is set to lose his shop’s remaining assets.
John Leathem had retained his Delicious Deli assets – which were worth £17,773 according to accounts in 2015 – but will now be stripped of them.
Companies House this week moved to strike off and dissolve the company, the Daily Record reports.
The 32-year-old is serving a mandatory life sentence after pleading guilty to murdering Paige, who was repeatedly stabbed on March 19 last year before her body was dumped in bushes.
Leathem was originally ordered to serve a minimum of 27 years, but had his sentence reduced to 23 years after winning an appeal last month.
Paige was left with nearly 150 injuries, including 61 stab wounds, when the married father-of-two attacked her with a knife at his shop in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire.
A letter sent to Leathem on Tuesday states that on dissolution “all property and rights vested in, or held in trust for, the company… will belong to the Crown”.
The 2015 figures show Leathem had fixed assets of £9,182, and £8,591 current assets including £6,297 cash “at bank and in hand”.
But the company was also carrying debts of at least £21,531 meaning it was in effect worth nothing, with a total net liability of £3,758.
The Companies House letter states: “The Registrar of Companies gives notice that, unless cause is shown to the contrary, at the expiration of two months from the above date the name of Delicious Deli Clydebank Ltd will be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved.”
Leathem did not own the business premises and the building itself has not been seized.
It remains empty, with a small plaque mounted on the wall reading: “Paige Doherty, Glasgow’s Angel Remembered With A Smile”.
The killer was snared thanks to chilling CCTV footage, which showed the Paige entering the shop on Fleming Avenue, but not coming back out.
Ten minutes later Leathem was caught on camera putting her body in the boot of his car.
CCTV shows her foot with a white sock on sticking out from the bin bag he wrapped her in.
A worker at a nearby business said: “I don’t think anybody will open a business again in that premises.
“Paige was so well known in the area, I don’t think anyone would go in there.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the owner demolishes it in the end, because it’s difficult to see who would ever move in.”