Monday, December 21, 2009

Football referee beaten to death in his own home

A FOOTBALL referee murdered in his own home was beaten to death, sources have revealed.

Detectives hunting the killer of David Linning, 65, said yesterday that he suffered severe injuries to his head and body.

They said the attack was "a dreadful crime which has shocked the local community".

And they urged the people of David's home town of East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, to give them the information they need to catch the murderer.

Amateur ref David, known as Wee Davie, was found dead by police in his home in Vancouver Drive,Westwood, at 10.20am last Saturday.

Officers forced open the door of his house after family and friends raised the alarm.

A post mortem revealed David had been murdered.

Forensics officers searched his bungalow for clues.

And yesterday, police made a fresh appeal for information. Detective Chief Inspector Neil Thomson said: "We are trying to establish if anyone saw David Linning on Thursday, Friday or Saturday of last week.

"It is vital that anyone who saw him or had contact with him on any of these days gets in touch.

"I suspect there may be people in East Kilbride who know important information. I would ask them not to presume that the police know what they know.

"Please come forward and tell us anything you have heard, no matter how insignificant it may seem. It might just be the vital piece of information we are looking for."

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