Brian Low

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 29 February 2024.

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

The First Minister will be aware that Police Scotland is investigating the suspected murder of Brian Low in Aberfeldy, in my constituency, on 17 February. I take this opportunity to express my sympathy to Mr Low’s family for that terrible tragedy.

Does the First Minister recognise that that awful incident has caused deep unease in the community that I represent and that there is a need for full transparency from Police Scotland about its handling of the case? Does the First Minister also believe that it is vital that all resources are applied to bring to justice anyone involved, and that Police Scotland must maintain the necessary presence locally, in order to assure the community that I represent of its safety at this incredibly worrying time?

Photo of Humza Yousaf Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

I agree, and I express my condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Brian Low. I also give as much reassurance as I possibly can to the community of Aberfeldy, who are rightly shocked—in fact rocked—by that tragic incident.

I must be careful in what I say, because it is a live and on-going murder investigation, but I give as much reassurance as I can about safety to the community of Aberfeldy. I know that Police Scotland is taking the case extremely seriously.

I know that, given media reports in the past 24 to 48 hours, questions have been asked about the time taken between Mr Low’s death, the post-mortem and the opening of the murder investigation. I have sought assurances and have been absolutely assured that Police Scotland is working around the clock on that murder investigation and is seeking to reassure the community as best it can.

Mr Swinney’s suggestion of an increased police presence is sensible, and I will ensure that it is fed back through my office to Police Scotland. Although these issues are at the behest of the operational independence of the chief constable, it is a sensible suggestion.

It should be said that Police Scotland has been appealing to any member of the public who might have any information to come forward. Anybody who was travelling through that area and might have, for example, dashcam footage should contact the police. That can be done anonymously through Police Scotland’s online portal.

I go back to the point that John Swinney rightly raised about reassurances for the community. I will raise that with Police Scotland, and I am certain that Police Scotland will do everything in its power to provide reassurance to the community of Aberfeldy.