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Beaten man set on fire in brutal attack

A man whose beaten and burnt body was discovered near a Scottish industrial estate on Saturday may have been forced to remove his clothes before being subjected to a vicious and sustained attack.

Stuart Walker (28), was only partially clothed when his body was found near his family home in Cumnock, Ayrshire.

It was reported yesterday that the attack on the barman may have been motivated by homophobia but detectives said they were keeping an open mind and were convinced his death was not a random attack.

Chief Supt John Thomson, of Strathclyde Police, said they were following up several lines of inquiry and he was confident that "whoever is responsible will be brought to book sooner rather than later".

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