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Slain Gay Scottish Barman Faced Unrelated Alleged Indecency Probe: Police

As investigations continue into the gruesome murder of gay Scottish barman Stuart Walker, who was found beaten and burned in a rural area over the weekend, more details on Walker's background have begun to emerge, including one detail that police say is unrelated but is being reported widely:

Stuart_walkerHowever, it has come to light that the 28-year-old had only recently been questioned over an alleged incident involving a 12-year-old boy in August and a report was sent to the procurator fiscal. Police have stressed that there does not appear to be any link between the claims and Mr Walker's murder.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said today: 'There was a report sent to the procurator fiscal in relation to an alleged indecency on a 12-year-old boy. There's no suggestion that this incident is in any way connected to the murder.'

A spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service added: 'We can confirm that the Procurator Fiscal at Ayr received a report concerning a 28-year-old male in connection with an alleged incident on 20 August 2011. The case is now closed.' It is believed that there will be no further investigation into the incident.

Gay barman who was murdered and set on fire was facing child sex probe [daily mail]
Murdered Stuart Walker faced indecency allegation [bbc]
Gay murder victim Stuart Walker was questioned over child indecency [pink news]

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  1. I would say that there is a good chance that if this guy were even suspected of molesting a 12 year old boy that someone would have performed some vigilante justice on him, guilty or not.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 27, 2011 9:21:01 AM


  2. I feel like this is confirmation of my prediction that the police are working the "homo pervert deserved it" angle. How would something like that have been told to the press? Especially since the Crown Office wouldn't even confirm that it was Stuart Walker who was under investigation.

    Posted by: lessthan | Oct 27, 2011 9:38:06 AM


  3. Its not even confirmed that it was Walker. And it was a reported case in any matter, not proven and not investigated.

    THIS is a dangerous non-story to post

    Shame on Towleroad

    Posted by: Will | Oct 27, 2011 9:46:53 AM


  4. I think it should be pointed out, in light of the above comment, that this story is already being very widely reported in many, many publications both print and on the web. It does not appear to me that Towleroad is in any way lending credence to these reports by mentioning them, but rather is attempting to keep its readership informed of unfolding events in a story with which it has previously engaged its readership.

    I don't know Andy, but judging from years of reading his website, I must say that I find his editorial decisions to have absolute integrity, and this story is no exception.

    Posted by: Kevin | Oct 27, 2011 11:22:03 AM


  5. Ah, yes . . . the typical police response to a gay hate crime that they can't seem to solve . . . blame the victim.

    Posted by: Continuum | Oct 27, 2011 11:23:11 AM


  6. They investigated it - AND THE CASE WAS CLOSED! Sounds like it didn't hold water to me. And it may or may not have been this particular 28 year old. But either way, IT WAS CLOSED.

    Dragging up this dead end is definitely an attempt to tarnish the victim of one of the most horrific hate murders I've heard of in a while.

    Why on earth would the police want to be so dismissive of this particular hate crime? Were they involved in it? Supportive of it? Just homophobic enough to go along with letting someone get away with it?

    Posted by: Bobby | Oct 27, 2011 3:16:52 PM


  7. The police are the ones saying there is no connection and that the case has been closed, so why are they getting hammered? The media are the ones at fault here, and whether the intent is based on homophobia, or just based on sensationalism, they're slandering this dead man on the basis of something he's not proven connected with, and taking away from the horrific incident that happened to him.

    Also, the police handling the case say there is no indication it's a hate crime but the possibility is still open. So before jumping to total conclusions, we all need to know the facts, but in any case, this is a tragic story and I hope that it spurs Scottish LGBT's into action and make sure their community is protected in the country.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 27, 2011 3:47:28 PM


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