The brother of a automotive salesman murdered 20 years in the past has referred to as for police to reopen their probe –claiming investigators uncovered DNA evidence that could finally solve the case.
Alexander Blue, 41, was discovered stabbed and savagely overwhelmed within the driveway of his luxurious residence in Glasgow’s upmarket West End simply after midnight on 25 June 2002.
The businessman’s head accidents have been so horrific his mom didn’t recognise him at first when she visited him within the metropolis’s Southern General Hospital, the place he died two days later having by no means regained consciousness.
Detectives have quizzed greater than 5,000 folks over the homicide and Alex’s household and buddies raised a £25,000 reward for info.
But nobody has ever stood trial for the killing.
Alex’s older brother Billy, 64, holds out hope his sibling’s killer may nonetheless sooner or later be caught so their aged mom Kathy, now 89, can get justice earlier than she dies.
As the 20th anniversary of his brother’s demise approaches, Billy has revealed detectives reportedly advised him seven partial DNA matches had been discovered utilizing new technology throughout a assessment of evidence discovered on the homicide scene.
He advised the Scottish Sun the knowledge was shared with him throughout a gathering on the thirteenth anniversary of the homicide however that police allegedly pulled the plug on the case.
Billy, who lives within the Robroyston space of Glasgow, believes three males carried out the assault on Alex and beforehand claimed he knew who ordered the “hit” on his brother.
Alex was final seen leaving the Bean Scene cafe in Byres Road at about 8pm on Monday 24 June 2002.
He is believed to have been attacked instantly after parking his silver Porsche outdoors his Georgian-style ground-floor flat about half a mile away in Dundonald Road, Dowanhill.
The businessman, who part-owned The Taxi Centre, which offered automobiles to the personal rent taxi commerce, was found mendacity unconscious in a pool of his personal blood behind the townhouse within the early hours of 25 June 2002.
Police later realized the seemingly profitable businessman had been made bankrupt in 1999 and his money owed had been discharged solely two weeks earlier than his demise.
In 2005, detectives advised Grampian TV’s Unsolved sequence the important thing to fixing the homicide could lie within the complicated monetary background of the sufferer.
They additionally revealed Alex had made a word in his diary of a deliberate assembly on the day of his demise with an individual referred to as D Hobbs – who police mentioned might also have passed by the title D Robertson.
In the hours earlier than his homicide, Alex was seen carrying a briefcase which allegedly contained £30,000. The briefcase and money have by no means been discovered.
One principle floated is that Alex could have been the sufferer of a house-buying rip-off and robbed of the money he was carrying.
Two males have been seen in a black BMW close to Alex’s residence at about 10.45pm on 24 June.
A neighbour additionally reported listening to at the very least two males arguing inside his flat on the night of the homicide.
David Swindle, the detective chief inspector who led the homicide probe, believes somebody has info that could solve the cold case.
The retired police officer advised The Independent: “The murder of Alex Blue in Glasgow 20 years ago was a very complex case with various potential motives, this case has been reviewed on numerous occasions and to date sadly remains unresolved.
“I live in hope that the truth will come out regarding who killed Alex Blue, someone out there without doubt must have information.”
Scottish Conservative shadow group security minister Russell Findlay added: “Having known the family of Alex Blue for many years I understand they will not have made this revelation lightly.
“Billy Blue and his mother Kathy has acted with dignity throughout their 20-year campaign for justice.
“There are serious question marks over this case and unexplained links to some powerful and high-profile individuals.
“Police Scotland and the Crown Office have shown determination in solving cold cases and I would urge them to do everything possible to give justice and closure to this family.”
Police Scotland refused to remark on Billy Blue’s claims that seven partial DNA hits had been discovered.
DCI Brian Geddes, of Police Scotland’s murder governance assessment, mentioned the case remained below assessment.
He added: “We acknowledge the heartache and distress that the Blue family have suffered over the last two decades as they seek answers and justice for Alexander.
“Police Scotland never considers cases closed and the passage of time is no barrier to the investigation of unresolved homicide cases.
“Homicide governance and review actively keeps all undetected and unresolved homicides under review and meets regularly with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in an attempt to review these cases and pursue resolution. Where appropriate, we will continue to update the families of the victims of such crimes with any new developments.”