Miss­ing man is a con­victed mur­derer

Lo­calTories say po­lice should have told pub­lic

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Staff re­porter

Stir­ling Conservatives say po­lice should have told the pub­lic miss­ing Plean man Brian McGowan was a con­victed mur­derer.

Of­fi­cers are ask­ing peo­ple to search their sheds and gar­dens as they bid to trace the 42-year-old who hasn’t been seen for al­most three weeks.

He was last seen in the Gille­spie Ter­race area at around 4pm on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 21, and en­quiries re­vealed a prob­a­bly sight­ing in the Gal­la­muir Drive area at around 1.30am the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

McGowan was jailed for life in 1994 for the mur­der of 54-year-old St Nini­ans man An­drew “Ad­die” Robert­son.

He served 16 years in jail be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Cas­tle Huntly open prison in May 2011.

He ab­sconded when he failed to re­turn from five days’ leave, and af­ter be­ing ar­rested in Es­sex had six months added to his sen­tence – but has since been re­leased.

A spokesper­son for Stir­ling area Conservatives now says that po­lice should have made mem­bers of the pub­lic aware of his con­vic­tion when ask­ing for their as­sis­tance.

They said: “When mak­ing an ap­peal such as this the po­lice should be up-front with the pub­lic.

“Peo­ple will be an­gry this im­por­tant piece of in­for­ma­tion has been left out.”

While McGowan will re­main on li­cence for the rest of his life po­lice say he is be­ing treated sim­ply as a miss­ing per­son – and there are con­cerns for his wel­fare.

He is de­scribed as 5ft 10in tall, of slim build, with short dark hair and he speaks with a Stir­ling ac­cent.

He has blue eyes and tat­toos on his fin­gers.

He was last seen wear­ing a black base­ball cap, a black G-Star jacket, grey Ar­mani jumper and grey adi­das track­suit bot­toms with black stripes. He also had on grey adi­das Y3 train­ers.

In­spec­tor Donna Bryans said: “I would like to thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity who have come out to search for Brian and helped with our in­ves­ti­ga­tions so far.

“I would ask res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to Plean, as well as vis­i­tors to Plean Coun­try Park, to be vig­i­lant and re­port any sight­ing of any­one seen match­ing Brian’s de­scrip­tion.

“Sim­i­larly, I would ask lo­cal res­i­dents to check their gar­dens and out­houses, as this may lead us to dis­cov­er­ing Brian’s where­abouts.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Po­lice Scot­land via 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 2186 of Septem­ber 22.

The Ob­server re­ported on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 30, 1994, that as McGowan, then aged 19, was jailed the vic­tims’ rel­a­tives cheered in the High Court in Stir­ling.

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