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On 15th anniversary of the murder of Nairn banker Alistair Wilson detectives repeat appeal for information

By Gregor White

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Alistair Wilson.
Alistair Wilson.

Father-of-two Alistair Wilson was shot on the doorstep of his home in Crescent Road, Nairn on November 28, 2004.

Detective Superintendent Graeme Mackie, of Police Scotland’s major investigation team, said his family understandably still wanted and deserved answers.

“The passage of time can lead to significant changes in people’s associations and those who may have been reluctant to come forward with information years ago, for whatever reason, may be more willing to do so now,” he said.

“Someone, somewhere out there knows why Alistair was killed and who was involved in his murder.”

Over the past 15 years, officers have assessed and reviewed previously-gathered information, material and theories.

“Police Scotland remains committed to this investigation and we continue to keep in close contact with Alistair’s family,” he added.

On the night of the murder, Mr Wilson was reading a bedtime story to his two young sons when his wife, Veronica, answered the doorbell to a stranger wearing a baseball cap and blouson jacket.

Her husband then spoke to the man for a few moments, returning to his wife, holding a blue A4-sized envelope.

Minutes after he returned to the door, three gunshots rang out.

Inverness Courier reporter Donald Wilson, lived close to the scene and has followed the case since he was alerted to the shooting that evening.

“I had a young family of my own in 2004 who are now young adults and have grown up with the love of both parents,” he said.

“Alistair Wilson’s widow Veronica has faced the trauma that night and the challenge of bringing up her boys without their dad.

“She said at the time her focus was to provide a stable home for her sons.

“In the years which have followed, Veronica has built a circle of close friends and followed through her promise to raise her children, now teenagers, in the family home.”

He recalled the murder weapon – a tiny East German hand gun – being found 10 days later by council workers cleaning out the drains in Seabank Road but it did not provide the breakthrough.

Nairn and Cawdor councillor Liz MacDonald said: “I think everyone would like to see a resolution and to find the culprit and draw a line under it.”

People can call Police Scotland on 101 or e-mail SCDHOLMESAberdeen@scotland.pnn.police.uk, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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