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Family of Alistair Wilson make complaint about handling of Nairn murder investigation


By Gregor White

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Alistair Wilson was fatally shot on his own doorstep in 2004.
Alistair Wilson was fatally shot on his own doorstep in 2004.

The family of murdered Nairn banker Alistair Wilson are believed to have raised a complaint in the way his case has been investigated.

It was reported in the Mail on Sunday that they are unhappy after being told of a potentially imminent arrest of a suspect who was then never detained for further questioning.

Mr Wilson (30) was gunned down on his doorstep on Sunday, November 28, 2004.

Nobody has ever been charged with the crime though there did seem to be some movement in the investigation last year as news emerged that the father-of-two had made a formal objection to proposals for a new decking area to be created outside the Havelock Hotel in Nairn, yards from his home just days before his murder.

There were also reports of Scottish police working with counterparts in Canada to interview witnesses in Nova Scotia.

In terms of the family’ position at this time it is understood a request has been made for the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) to look into Police Scotland’s handling of their complaint.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have received a complaint which has been responded to.

“The investigation into the murder of Alistair Wilson remains ongoing and we are committed to conducting a full and thorough enquiry that will hopefully provide much needed answers to Alistair’s family. We continue to update them on our progress and they have asked that their privacy is respected at this time.

“Anyone with information can contact the enquiry team via 101 or email operationsorn@scotland.police.uk.”

A spokesperson for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said: “The murder of Alistair Wilson in 2004 was a terrible crime and our thoughts remain with his family.“COPFS and Police Scotland have met with the family to discuss the matters raised by them in relation to the ongoing investigation. We appreciate the importance of this work to the family and they will continue to be informed, where appropriate, of significant developments.”

Last week, as the 19th anniversary of Mr Wilson’s murder approached, Police Scotland affirmed its investigation remains active.

Detective Chief Inspector Gordon MacKenzie said: “Time is no barrier to justice and I would urge anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant they believe it to be, to please come forward and speak to us.

“Police Scotland is committed to conducting a full and thorough enquiry that will hopefully provide much needed answers to Alistair’s family.”




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