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UK BRIAN MCKANDIE: 67-year-old murdered in Aberdeenshire, Scotland - 12 March 2016 *GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Europe: Crimes & Trials' started by MarlyWings, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Brian McKandie murder: Case to feature on Crimewatch
    • 24 September 2016
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    Brian McKandie was found beaten to death with a "heavy weapon" Police Scotland

    The murder of a 67-year-old man at his home in Aberdeenshire is to feature on BBC One's Crimewatch.

    Brian McKandie was found beaten to death with a "heavy weapon" in his home in Rothienorman on 12 March.

    Police believe Mr McKandie may have known his killer.

    The case will feature on Crimewatch on Monday night. Crimestoppers has already offered a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads to conviction in the case.

    It was revealed earlier this month that DNA evidence has been found at Mr McKandie's home but no arrests have been made.

    His brother Bill will make an appeal on the programme.

    He will say: " We just can't put our finger on the reason for it happening. There seemed to be no apparent reason. Somebody, somewhere, knows what happened."

    Det Ch Insp Iain Smith said: "We continue to appeal for information from the public to assist with this extremely unusual and distressing case, and I can only hope that the programme will encourage people to come forward and assist us in determining the full circumstances of Brian's death."

  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    'Friendly to everyone'

    He added: "Brian was a 67-year-old man who lived alone, who worked hard as a self-employed mechanic and was friendly to everyone he knew.

    "Why anyone would want to hurt him remains a mystery, however somebody, somewhere, knows what happened to him and I would urge them to look into their conscience and come forward.

    "A dedicated team is investigating this incident with the assistance of a number of specialist officers and departments, however we are relying on information from the public."


    Mr McKandie was found dead at his house in Rothienorman

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    MarlyWings Retired Staff

  4. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    From the above episode of CRIMEWATCH which featured Brian's case.....

    Brian McKandie Murder

    67 year old Brian McKandie was a hard working, private man who ran a mechanic's business from his home in Badenscoth, Aberdeenshire, where he lived alone. On Saturday 12th March, he was found dead at his home. Police had forced entry when friends became concerned and alerted them.

    Detectives believe he was attacked and died on Friday the 11th of March, it’s likely he was beaten over the head with a heavy weapon.


    Fact title
    Fact data
    Date of Crime

    11 th -12th March 2016
    Badenscoth, Rothienorman, Aberdeenshire
    Police Force:
    Police Scotland
    Incident Room Number :
    01224 711 408

    What Happened

    On Friday 11th March Brian left home to go to Turriff, a town 10 miles away. There are CCTV images of Brian in the towns’ Bank of Scotland branch that morning. Detectives know he made it home around 1pm. The last sighting of him was at 6pm that evening.

    The following day, Saturday 12th March, some friends visited his home. When they couldn’t get an answer they called the police. Officers forced entry and found Brian’s body inside, he had been murdered. Detectives believe he was attacked and died on Friday 11th March, and that it’s likely he was beaten over the head with a heavy weapon.

    Detectives believe the answers lie locally. Over the last six months they have appealed extensively for information, stopping hundreds of cars outside his home.
    In particular detectives are looking to trace two males seen at the property at about 1.30pm the day Brian was attacked. One man was described as in his 50s and heavy set with dark hair, the other is in his twenties and of a slim build with blonde hair, possibly shoulder length. They are also trying to trace a maroon estate care described as ‘boxy’ seen at around the same time.

    Some forensic evidence was found at the property, which is currently being processed.

    Detectives are also asking for anyone who may have driven on the B9001 that day, and may have dash-cam footage to come forward.


    Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information, given to them, which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Man faces life in jail after being found guilty of brutal murder of north-east handyman

    Steven Sidebottom was desperate for cash when he attacked Brian McKandie, striking him on the head 15 times.

    He robbed the pensioner, who had £200,000 hidden in shoeboxes around his home, and then visited various places around Rothienorman to try and build himself an alibi.

    A jury found Sidebottom guilty of murder at the High Court in Aberdeen yesterday, after more than two days of deliberations.

    Afterwards, Mr McKandie’s heartbroken family said they were pleased at the verdict but said it “doesn’t bring Brian back”.


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