Beaten, Burned and Left by a Scottish Roadside

Author: Jason Shaw
Published: October 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

There is shock and revulsion surround the circumstances of the tragic and horrific murder of a 28 year old gay man in Scotland, UK amid speculation of a homophobic hate crime.

Stuart Walker, a popular and well known member of the local community in Cumnock, Scotland, was found dead early Saturday morning near Caponacre Industrial Estate.   It appears this happy and friendly young man was brutally beaten and his body burned, although the police have denied earlier media reports that he had been found tied to a lamppost.

There is an awful lot of speculation Stuart Walker was targeted and murdered because of his sexuality, however the local Strathclyde Police are keeping an open mind on this issue. “In terms of claims of his sexuality and lifestyle we are not ruling out any aspect of his life to try and identify why someone would want to kill him.” Said a spokeswoman to Scottish media, adding  “His body was scorched but it is believed that this was not the cause of his death. We are looking at CCTV and conducting door to door inquiries.”

However detective inspector John Hogg went further speaking to the BBC,   "We are still working towards identifying a motive for this murder. I am aware of all the speculation in the media regarding Mr Walker and his death.

"At this time we have nothing to indicate that this is a homophobic crime. Until we know the exact circumstances surrounding this murder, we will not rule anything out and will keep an open mind on any possible motive for his terrible crime.     There have also been reports that Mr Walker was tied to a post, this is not the case."

Regardless of it’s motive or lack thereof, Stuart’s murder it is an extremely horrific and sickeningly violent violation of life.   The 28 year old was found lying on the roadside, inspector Hogg said, “Although we are not going to go into specific details on the cause of death, it was an extremely violent crime and our focus at this time is finding those responsible and bringing them to justice."

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Jason is a freelance writer, author and blogger from Sussex, England. He has been a human and gay rights commentator and activist for a number of years and is passionate about equality. He writes for various websites and journals both in the UK and Worldwide. …

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