Detectives investigating the murder of Alistair Wilson at his home in Nairn in 2004 are appealing for information about a planning application they believe may be significant to the enquiry.
Mr Wilson had objected to a large decking area outside the Havelock Hotel, opposite his home in Crescent Rd, shortly before he was shot dead on his doorstep.
Detectives recently travelled to Canada to interview a key witness regarding this planning application and are appealing for the public’s help to gather more information.
Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team can also confirm they now believe the answer to Alistair’s murder lies within his personal life and is not connected to his employment with the Bank of Scotland.
Detective Superintendent Graeme Mackie said:
“Shortly before his murder, Alistair had objected to the building of a large decking area within the car park of the Havelock Hotel, directly opposite the family home which he said was responsible for increased noise and litter in the area.
“The decking was built in the summer of 2004 and subject to a retrospective planning application at the time of the murder.
“While we cannot rule out any scenario, we believe this could be significant to our enquiries and I am asking anyone with information about this issue to please come forward and speak with officers.
“Alistair did not disclose his disapproval regarding the decking to many people, however we understand that his formal objection was sent by the Local Authority to the Havelock Hotel on the Thursday before his murder and knowledge of his objections became public before his murder on the Sunday, which may be significant.”
Anyone who believes they help is asked to contact 101 quoting 515 of 4 March 2022 and Operation Sorn or e-mail a dedicated inbox at SCDHOLMESAberdeen@scotland.pnn.police.uk