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Wright murder comments 'offensive'

Comments made by presenter Matthew Wright about the alleged murder of a teenager on a remote Scottish island caused "considerable offence" to viewers, TV watchdog Ofcom has said.

Liam Aitchison, 16, was found dead in a derelict building in the Steinish area of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in November. His death was later raised during a newspaper review section on the Wright Stuff show.

Wright put on a Scottish accent and said "there's been another murder", copying a phrase from TV detective show Taggart, while talking about the teenager's death with guest Charlie Baker in December last year.

His remarks prompted 2,358 complaints to Ofcom from viewers of the broadcast on December 6.

A statement issued on behalf of Liam's family at the time said the comments were "very upsetting", "insulting" and "insensitive".

Wright later apologised on air, saying it had not been his intention to "belittle" the teenager's death. He also wrote to Liam's family to say sorry.

Ofcom found discussion of the teenager's death had been handled in a "highly inappropriate manner" and in a "thoughtless fashion". But it found that the matter had been "resolved" because Channel 5 took steps to mitigate the offence caused.

Two men have been charged with Liam's murder. Jonathan Mackinnon, 21, from Stornoway, and Stefan Miller, 20, from Carloway, both on the Isle of Lewis, appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court in December.

The last murder on Lewis was in 1968 when 80-year-old Mary Mackenzie was found dead in her cottage on the west side of the island in Brue. A man was reportedly charged with murdering her but the case was not proven.

In 2006 a murder inquiry was launched into the death of Murdo Macdonald but the charge was reduced to serious assault when it reached court.

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