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Ulster man beaten to death in Scotland

By Brendan McDaid

A woman witnessed a Donegal man being beaten to death outside their Glasgow flat — not knowing it was her own partner.

William McKeeney, from Malin Head on the Inishowen peninsula, died from injuries sustained in the unprovoked attack last Sunday.

A murder inquiry involving 60 officers has now been launched after two men were seen carrying out the attack close to Mr McKeeney’s home.

Relatives and friends of the 57-year-old “gentle giant” were yesterday trying to come to terms with their loss.

His 26-year-old nephew Christopher McKeeney said last night that the family was in shock.

The lorry driver and labourer was returning home from a night out at 12.40am when he was attacked by two men in the Melville Street area of Pollokshields estate in south Glasgow.

He was taken by ambulance to the Victoria Infirmary but died a short time later.

His Scottish partner Anne-Marie (48) had witnessed the brutal assault, which took place shortly after he had left a chip shop.

Mr McKeeney, who had moved to Glasgow five years ago, had phoned his partner minutes before he was set upon to tell her he would be home shortly.

Strathclyde Detective Chief Inspector David Gailey, who is leading the hunt for those behind the attack, said Anne-Marie was alerted by a disturbance outside the couple’s ground floor flat.

Looking out a window she saw two men jumping up and down on the street before making off.

She only realised they had been attacking her partner when she went to another window and saw William lying on the street.

“Mr McKeeney had been out locally socialising in the Pollokshaws Road and Nithsdale Road areas and was making his way home when the attack took place. He was found a short distance from his home,” said Mr Gailey.

“At the moment, it would appear that it was a completely unprovoked and violent attack.

“I do not know at this time if he met the two men responsible on his way home or close to his house.”

Mr McKeeney’s nephew yesterday said his family and the entire Malin Head community was shocked.

He said: “It is so brutal, so tragic. We have been in contact with Anne-Marie. She’s the worst she can be, everybody is, it’s just such a big shock.

“You never think these things will happen to you.”

The two men Glasgow police want to speak to in connection with the assault are described as being of Asian appearance and were both wearing tracksuits.

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