Robert Graham found guilty of attempted murder



Robert Graham was extradited from Australia

A CONSTRUCTION worker has been found guilty of trying to murder a senior Law Society official.

Leslie Cumming, 68, then deputy chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland, was attacked in a lane near his home in Murrayfield, Edinburgh six years ago.

Robert Graham, 46, denied attempting to murder Mr Cumming, but was convicted after a trial.

Mr Cumming was stabbed repeatedly in the attack in January 2006.

Mr Graham was charged with repeatedly striking the accountant on the head and body with a knife or similar instrument to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

Police had to extradite Graham from Australia when he fled the UK after being stopped for drink driving in Hampshire.

A DNA swab was taken from Graham at the time, which subsequently matched up with a profile of Mr Cumming’s attacker held by Lothian and Borders police.

Speaking after the verdict, Mr Cumming expressed his thanks to police for their perseverance in the case.





  1. This man, Robert Graham (real name Paul Magee) was a dear friend of mine in the years leading up to his leaving New Zealand. I am deply saddened by this event. Paul was a talented, kind and caring lad who would do anything for his mates. What a shame and waste of life.
    In our final months as close friends I saw him slowly fall into the wrong company. Sadly, this is what it has come too. My sympathies go out to the victim Mr Cummings, and to Paul’s family as well as Paul himself. While I remain in shock over what he has been accused and found guilty, I will always remember the kindness and friendship he showed me in our time together when I was much younger. Truly, this is a shame.

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