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Underworld Mr Big ordered killing of sex worker to silence her ahead of trial, claims son

Published in The Daily Record
16th July 2017


Glasgow
Craig Nixon speaks for first time on family's fight for justice and hopes new evidence will force police to reopen investigation into the 1991 death of his mother Diane McInally. The son of a murdered sex worker claims he has new evidence which should force police to reinvestigate his mum’s death.

Craig Nixon was only six when his mother Diane McInally was strangled and beaten almost 26 years ago. Her badly battered body was found dumped in woodland near the Burrell Collection in Pollok Park, Glasgow. Two men, Gary Moore and Dale Clark, now both dead, were charged at the time with her murder but never stood trial.

Now dad-of-four Craig claims he has evidence that others were involved in her death – including an underworld Mr Big. The 32-year-old believes the gangster ordered Diane’s death to silence her before she was called as a witness in a court case and may have been present when she died.

Diane, 23, was last seen getting into a car with two men in Cadogan Street on October 15, 1991, in what was then the city’s red light district. But Craig, who now lives in London, says he has information that there were others inside the vehicle that night, including someone close who she trusted.
 
He believes his mum had information about a murder that implicated the Mr Big, who Craig plans to name to police. He said: “I would like to give the men responsible for mum’s death a good hiding for what they put her through that night. I would like them to look in the mirror and say, ‘That was Diane’s boy.’  But, most of all, I would like to see them stand trial and my mum get justice.

“I’m certain of other people’s involvement in her death. They didn’t want her to go to the police so they shut her up. I believe she went willingly into the car because there was someone inside she trusted. If they had simply grabbed her, she would have put up a fight. I believe she was taken to a safe house and murdered.”

Diane’s death in 1991 was the first of eight prostitute murders over 14 years in the city. In 1993, traumatised Craig was adopted by his grandparents Lynn and John Nixon, who moved to Bexleyheath in Kent to make a new life. They even changed his surname in a bid to shield him.

But when he was 16, Craig discovered the details of his mum’s death in a newspaper article. He then confronted gran Lynn, who finally told him the truth.

He suffered bullying at school after his mum’s death, both in Glasgow and Bexleyheath. The window cleaner said: “I learned to look after myself. The bullying stopped when I fought back. But I did not learn the truth about my mum until I was 16 on a visit to Glasgow. There was an article about another murder and it also mentioned her. My grandparents always tried to protect me and I didn’t go to mum’s funeral. I can understand why.”

Craig regularly visits Diane’s grave at Linn Cemetery in Castlemilk and even slept in a tent there for three nights after her gravestone was vandalised. He has few surviving relatives after Lynn and John died in 2004 and he has very little contact with his father.

Craig, who has a tattoo dedicated to his mum, says she only began taking heroin in 1989 – when he was four –
after splitting from his father. He added: “I will never judge my mother and only have good memories of her.

“I was never deprived. If I wanted something, I could get it and was always dressed in the best of clothes. She was very loving and I’m very proud of her. No one could have wished for a better mother.”

Gangland enforcer Moore and drug dealer Clark were charged with Diane’s murder in March 1992 but never stood trial because of a lack of evidence. Clark died a few years later. In 1994, prime suspect Moore was convicted of killing the son of reformed murderer and sculptor Jimmy Boyle and sentenced to eight years in prison. He died in 2010 from liver damage.

Shortly before his death, Moore admitted in an interview that he was with Diane hours before she died and they had argued – but he denied being her killer. During the original investigation, officers interviewed more than 500 men, including a sheriff, two ministers and three priests.

Craig added: “Moore and Clark were just dogsbodies whose names were given to the police by those higher up to deflect attention from them. My mum knew something that certain people wanted to keep secret.

“I’m ready to go to the police and tell them what I know. I believe there’s enough new evidence for them to reopen the inquiry.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bell, of Police Scotland’s Homicide Governance Review, said: “We carry out periodic assessment of unresolved murder cases. The murder of Diane McInally in 1991 will remain under assessment at different stages. We would urge anyone with information on Diane’s murder to contact us.”