The mother of a missing financial adviser has broken down in tears at the trial of four men accused of murdering her daughter.
"I just keep thinking she's going to come back," Patricia Spence told jurors at the High Court in Glasgow.
Lynda Spence was a "loving, caring girl" but was "very tense" the last time her mother saw her.
Ms Spence went to the home she shared with her husband Jim in Castlebank Gardens, Glasgow, to give her mother flowers for her birthday on April 13, 2011, she said.
Ms Spence left soon after, telling her parents she would be back in half an hour, but it was the last time they saw her.
She was reported missing the following month.
Solicitor general Lesley Thomson asked Mrs Spence to describe her daughter and their relationship.
"She was very happy, very positive," she said. "I never had any problems with her. She was a very loving, caring girl. We were very close. She was like my friend, my best friend. She took me out every Saturday.
"I heard from her every day. I was very over-protective, a bit of a nutcase mother. As long as I knew and got a phone call or a text message to say she was in. I used to drive her mad because she was like, 'what age am I?'."
Mrs Spence wept as she added: "But she was my life. I've only got one lassie. I just keep thinking she's going to come back."