Threat­en­ing let­ter leaves fam­i­lies of pair bru­tally killed fear­ing for safety

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

THE fam­i­lies of two cousins who were bru­tally killed have re­ceived a threat­en­ing let­ter which has left them fear­ing for their safety.

Julie McCash, 43, and David Sor­rie, 32, died af­ter Robert Strat­ton knifed them both at a fam­ily vigil be­ing held in Mid Craigie.

Strat­ton was con­victed in Septem­ber of the mur­der of Ms McCash, 43, and of the cul­pa­ble homi­cide of Mr Sor­rie, 32, by a High Court jury.

A judge sen­tenced him to a min­i­mum of 23 years in prison as part of a life term. He is cur­rently locked up at HMP Grampian in Peter­head.

A threat­en­ing let­ter — bear­ing an Aberdeen post­mark — was de­liv­ered to a prop­erty in Mid Craigie last week.

The let­ter, writ­ten in black ink in block cap­i­tal let­ters on a scrap piece of pa­per says: “If any­thing hap­pens to any of my fam­ily it won’t be a let­ter I send to your house next time.

“Tell they ***** to leave them alone. The Drumgeith is a se­cluded area.”

Fam­ily mem­bers of Ms McCash and Mr Sor­rie have re­vealed they are in no doubt that the let­ter is from Strat­ton.

Po­lice Scot­land is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing who sent the let­ter.

To­day, Julie McCash’s daugh­ter Khai­ley McKen­zie, 25, said she and other fam­ily mem­bers were “hor­ri­fied” to have re­ceived the let­ter.

Khai­ley said: “This let­ter came out of the blue. We are con­vinced Strat­ton was be­hind it.

“Whether or not he wrote it we can’t be cer­tain.

“But, given what is con­tained in the let­ter, we are in no doubt that Strat­ton is be­hind it.”

She added: “It also con­tains a ref­er­ence to close fam­ily mem­bers of Strat­ton. I think the let­ter is a di­rect threat to me and other mem­bers of my fam­ily.

“I don’t un­der­stand how any­one could be al­lowed to threaten wit­nesses and the fam­ily of the vic­tims.

“It’s com­ing up to our first Christ­mas with­out them and we are griev­ing and heart­bro­ken.

“We’ve had enough taken from us.”

Khai­ley said that her f a m i l y has now r e p o r t e d hav­ing re­ceived the threat­en­ing let­ter to the po­lice.

She said: “They came to see us and have taken the let­ter away to try to find out who sent it.”

Lynsey Berry, 35, part­ner of David Sor­rie, said she too be­lieved that the poi­son pen let­ter was a di­rect threat to her and other fam­ily mem­bers.

She said: “I’m sure he’s be­hind this let­ter. This is a threat to fam­ily mem­bers that has left us very an­gry.”

Jim Sor­rie, un­cle of Julie and David, said he would never un­der­stand why Strat­ton had not been con­victed of dou­ble mur­der.

He said: “I feel he fooled the jury into this and I will never un­der­stand it.”

Strat­ton has in­structed his le­gal team to be­gin ap­peal pro­ceed­ings.

His lawyer, Ge­orge Mathers, said he was not aware of the let­ter.

Mr Mathers said: “I am aware that Robert Strat­ton is con­cerned that threats have been made to mem­bers of his fam­ily while he is in prison at Peter­head.” How­ever, Khai­ley said: “No threats have been made to­wards Strat­ton or his fam­ily by any of us. “To sug­gest that we have done this is com­plete lies.”

Mr Mathers said he was meet­ing with Strat­ton next week to dis­cuss the ap­peal.

Robert Strat­ton

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