Gay Man’s Body Found Beaten, Tied To Lamppost And Burned in Scotland

Jim Burroway

October 24th, 2011

Friends and family grieve at the scene of the crime.

A small town in Scotland is mourning the brutal murder of a “popular and well-known” man, whose burned body was found on the side of a road at an industrial park outside of Cumnock in Syrshire. Stuart Walker, 28, was found beaten, burned, and tied to a light pole early on Saturday morning after he failed to show up for his grandmother’s 80th birthday.

Detectives say that they have not ruled out Walker’s sexuality as a factor in his murder. The Scottish Sun quotes “a police insider” as saying, “Stuart was a gay man and this will be one of the things that is looked at, but by no means the only thing.” The Guardian says that police are refusing to speculate on motive or possible suspects:

Detective Inspector John Hog said Walker was last seen alive about two hours before he was killed.

He said: “Stuart had been out with friends in the Cumnock area earlier during the night and was last seen alive by a family friend near to the fire station in Glaisnock Street around 2.30am on Saturday morning – nearly two-and-a-half hours before he was found.

“It is imperative that we find out where he was between 2.30am and 4.50am, who he was with and why this happened to him.

“From our inquiries so far, we understand that there may have been a number of house parties in the nearby Netherthird housing estate in the early hours of the morning.

“At this time we do not know if these parties are linked to our investigation or not, so, again, any information on that is important.”

Police are reviewing closed circuit security video tapes and are carrying out door-to-door investigations in the area to try to piece together Walker’s last hours. A Facebook page has been set up in Walker’s memory.

paul canning

October 24th, 2011

The media took 36 hours or so before his sexuality was mentioned. It was all over social media sunday AM. This raised the specter of past homophobic murders which did not receive national media attention here, such as Michael Causer. Today, this seems to have changed though various media are covering it very differently. Also, there has been a reported spike in homophobic attacks in Scotland, which most aren’t mentioning. Many people think the nature of the violence does point to a homophobic attack but obviously we don’t know anything for sure yet except the bare facts.

Regan DuCasse

October 24th, 2011

The nature of hate crimes is so very different from murder as the result of a robbery, for example.
Robbers require getting their task done quickly, they are far more furtive and have no time for a prolonged attack.

Rape, and other crimes planned specifically for the torture of the victim, require an assessment of the victim and purpose for harming them.
And hate crimes have an element of displaying the victim out in the open for the purpose of a message, as well.

The overly excessive violence towards Mr. Walker, suggest anti gay motive.
It’s so horrible and frightening for the communities gay people live in.
And if they ever catch these monsters, I wonder what their defense would be?

Priya Lynn

October 24th, 2011

Very insightful, Regan.

AdrianT

October 24th, 2011

the victim was ***NOT*** tied up – this is has been dismissed as speculation by the police!

Timothy Kincaid

October 24th, 2011

Regan,

Thank you for sharing the insight your experience working with police has given you.

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