Cops faced dou­ble mur­der and sui­cide hor­ror scene Blood­stained killer ig­nored po­lice pleas and leapt to his death

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JAMES WYLLIE

Po­lice were con­fronted with the har­row­ing scene of a blood­stained killer and his vic­tims when they were called out to deal with a dou­ble mur­der-sui­cide in Aberdeen, a watch­dog re­port re­vealed yes­ter­day.

Four of­fi­cers were sent to the high-rise flat in Til­ly­drone fol­low­ing re­ports of a woman scream­ing and a man seen with blood on his hands.

They en­tered the Don­side Court prop­erty on July 19 last year to find 43-yearold Keith Tay­lor had been stabbed and was ly­ing on a sofa in his neigh­bour’s liv­ing room with blood on his face and chest.

Of­fi­cers then saw Hugh Gal­lacher, 56, stand­ing on the bal­cony of the 12th floor prop­erty. He leaned into the liv­ing room through an open win­dow and shouted that he was re­spon­si­ble for in­jur­ing Mr Tay­lor and also Tracy Gabriel, who lived in the flat.

The Po­lice In­ves­ti­ga­tions and Re­view Com­mis­sioner (Pirc) re­port stated: “Two of the of­fi­cers car­ried out car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) on Keith Tay­lor, whilst the other two of­fi­cers at­tempted, over a three- to four-minute pe­riod, to calm Hugh Gal­lacher and per­suade him to come back in­side.

“How­ever, Hugh Gal­lacher said to them ‘If they’re dead, I’m join­ing them’. He then slammed the bal­cony win­dow shut and jumped from the bal­cony.” The body of 40-year-old Ms Gabriel, who had four chil­dren, was then found ly­ing on the bal­cony with stab wounds on her chest.

Po­lice car­ried out first aid on Gal­lacher on the ground out­side the tower block. How­ever, the three high-rise res­i­dents in­volved in the in­ci­dent all died of their injuries.

The Crown Of­fice in­structed the watch­dog to carry out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the of­fi­cers’ han­dling of the case.

As part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, state­ments were gath­ered from mem­bers of the pub­lic at the scene as well as po­lice of­fi­cers.

The Pirc re­port praised the ef­forts of the po­lice, stat­ing they acted “pro­fes­sion­ally”.

Kate Frame, Po­lice In­ves­ti­ga­tions & Re­view Com­mis­sioner, said: “It is clear that of­fi­cers at­tempted to per­suade Hugh Gal­lacher to come back into the flat from the bal­cony but had lim­ited op­por­tu­nity to pre­vent him from com­plet­ing his stated in­ten­tion of sui­cide.

“They were con­fronted with very dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances but dealt with them ap­pro­pri­ately and with a high de­gree of pro­fes­sion­al­ism.” Keith Tay­lor: mur­dered Tracy Gabriel: mur­dered

On Wed­nes­day Liver­pool man Aaron Zain Den­ham was or­dered to carry out 66 hours of work within the com­mu­nity af­ter he was caught with cannabis in a Fraser­burgh flat.

When the 23-year-old was picked up by of­fi­cers, he tried to pass him­self off as some­one else from Aberdeen.

He ad­mit­ted a charge of pos­ses­sion when he ap­peared at Peter­head Sher­iff Court.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Kirsty Welsh, of the force’s in­tel­li­gence of­fice, has asked the pub­lic to be on the look­out for tell­tale signs of “cuck­oo­ing”.

She said: “There are a num­ber of po­ten­tial signs of cuck­oo­ing which in­clude the house­holder hav­ing new as­so­ciates and in­creased vis­i­tors through­out the day and night, an in­creased num­ber of vehicles out­side the prop­erty in­clud­ing taxis or hire cars and bags of cloth­ing or bed­ding around their prop­erty or other signs that peo­ple may be stay­ing at the ad­dress.”

CRIME SCENE: The tower block where Hugh Gal­lacher killed two peo­ple then leapt from win­dow to his death

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