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Murder hunt moves closer to home

Published in The Herald
6th December 1991

POLICE hunting the killer of a Glasgow prostitute are to visit the homes of car owners seen in city red light areas because of the poor response to their appeal for help from the public.

Detectives had also appealed for the clients of murdered Diane McInally, 23, whose body was found in Pollok Park in October, to contact them in confidence otherwise they would have to visit them at home.

A special team of detectives has now been formed to carry out the house calls.

Detective Superintendent Joe Jackson, who is leading the investigation, said: ''We have previously, through the media, asked these owners to come forward voluntarily to save officers having to call at their homes or places of business. ''However, the response so far has been poor, and we will now be visiting all owners of vehicles which have been observed in the area.'' This covers the Blythswood Square to Anderston area of the city centre.

He added: ''We must account for all such vehicles, and as owners have not heeded our advice to contact the murder investigation team, then we have no option but to go to them.''

The dead woman was last seen in the early hours of Tuesday, October 15, in the Douglas Street-Cadogan Street area, which is regarded as a spot frequented by prostitutes.

Strathclyde Police are operating a special telephone line on the murder: 041-810 3330.


Two Charged with Girl's Death

Published in The Herald
26th February 1990

TWO men were last night charged with the murder of teenager Karen Price. Karen, 15, a runaway from local authority care, disappeared in 1981.

Last December, builders unearthed her remains wrapped in a carpet in a shallow grave in the back garden of a house in Riverside, Cardiff.

The remains were identified after a forensic artist built up a clay model of Karen's face, reconstructed from her skull.

The men, a 30-year-old from Bridgwater, Somerset, and a 24-year-old from Cardiff, will appear before Cardiff magistrates today. Their identities have not been released.

A 21-year-old Cardiff woman has also been helping police with inquiries.


Vagrant jailed for life after knifepoint rape of girl, 13

Published in The Herald Scotland
13th June 1989

A MAN who pounced on helpless women after stalking them through streets was jailed for life at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday for what was described by the Judge as a ''chronicle of evil.'' Lord Mayfield told Brian Hunter, 32, he was a ''dangerous man, particularly to women.''

The court was told how Hunter, a vagrant at the time of the attacks, pounced on a 13-year-old girl on Christmas Day as she walked home ahead of her parents. She was dragged into a garden and raped at knifepoint by Hunter who, ignoring her sobs, threatened to kill her and robbed her of 20p.

Advocate-depute Mr Colin MacAulay told the court that DNA tests of the girl's underwear identified Hunter as the attacker.

Hunter, who slept rough in derelict houses and the backs of cars, was caught but freed on bail. He later robbed six other women at knifepoint and threatened to cut the fingers from one 30-year-old to get her engagement and wedding rings from her.

Defending counsel Mr Sam Cathcart told the court that Hunter claimed he was a Siamese twin separated at the head and the operation had left him with epilepsy.