Police comment on Aitchison murder trial verdict

Johnathon MacKinnon and Stefan Millar were today (Monday, June 3rd) found guilty of the murder of Liam Aitchison - Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Andy Logan commented on the verdict.

He said: “My thoughts are with Liam Aitchison’s family at this difficult time and my hope is that the convictions today will provide some form of closure for them.

“Liam would have just celebrated his 18th birthday this month had he not been murdered. Liam was a 16 year-old boy who had his whole life on front of him and enjoyed the support of a small number of persons locally.

“Unfortunately, Liam fell into the company of Johnathon MacKinnon and Stefan Millar, believing them to be his friends and placing his trust in them. They completely betrayed this trust, and in a most brutal and callous way they killed him in a senseless and sustained attack with weapons.”

DI Logan continued: “Neither man has expressed any remorse throughout the investigation.

“This was a particularly difficult and complex enquiry involving a significant amount of police and specialist resources. This was the first murder to be reported in the Western Isles in many years and is a very rare occurrence in what is normally one of the safest places in Scotland.

“It was therefore, very shocking to the close knit community. I would like to thank the people of Stornoway for their assistance throughout this protracted investigation and praise the dedication of the investigation team, specialists, local officers and staff.”

Western Isles Area Commander Chief Inspector Gordon MacLeod commented on the guilty verdict saying: “A murder in the Western Isles is an extremely rare event. It affected the whole community very deeply.

“Everyone rallied around and I would like to give my thanks to the community, partner agencies and local businesses for all their help and support with the logistics during the investigation, including help with the basics of accommodation and catering and so on, to support all the investigation team members at short notice.”

He added: “Despite this terrible crime, this remains a very safe place to live and visit. I hope that this verdict today will bring some sense of relief and closure to Liam’s family and friends and to the community as a whole.”