Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Tributes to estate murder victim

The burned body of Stuart Walker was discovered at Caponacre industrial estate in Cumnock

Tributes have been paid to a man whose body was found on an industrial estate with "horrible injuries".

Officers investigating the death of Stuart Walker in Cumnock, Ayrshire, over the weekend said they did not believe it was a random attack.

The body of the 28 year old was found by two members of the public shortly before 5am on Saturday.

Police said he had been the victim of an "extremely violent" attack. Officers would not discuss specific injuries in case it was "prejudicial in the future" but reports have suggested Mr Walker was beaten and burned.

It is understood the former barman had been socialising with friends at a number of houses in the town. He was last seen by a family friend near the fire station in Glaisnock Street at around 2.30am on Saturday.

On Monday, shocked residents came to the spot where Mr Walker's body was discovered on Caponacre Industrial Estate, near Cumnock Community College. They left floral tributes, cuddly toys and lit candles in tribute to him. Cards and messages called Mr Walker "one in a million" and said he would be "sorely missed".

One said: "You were such a wonderful guy Stuart. I'm so glad I knew you.".

Detectives said there was nothing to suggest Mr Walker had been the victim of a homophobic crime but that they were not ruling anything out as no clear motive had been established.

Strathclyde Police divisional commander John Thomson said: "Stuart was the subject of an extremely violent attack. I do not believe this was a random attack and I would like to reassure the public that I do not anticipate a recurrence of this attack.

"We have no distinct motive as yet but I remain optimistic we will bring the individual or individuals responsible for this crime to book sooner rather than later. There are a number of open lines of inquiry."

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