Gath­er­ing to be held for ‘kind soul’ Steven

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY ADAM HILL

The body of 27-year-old off­shore worker Steven Don­ald­son was dis­cov­ered at the RSPB Loch of Kin­nordy na­ture re­serve on the out­skirts of Kir­riemuir.

Po­lice said that Mr Don­ald­son had been the vic­tim of a “bru­tal and sus­tained at­tack” and are treat­ing his death as mur­der.

An event page has been cre­ated on Face­book for a vigil, which is set to take place at Aik­man Road, Ar­broath – Mr Don­ald­son’s home town – at 6pm to­day.

In a state­ment on the page, Faisal Naseem said: “(It is) a week on from the heart­break­ing dis­cov­ery, a loss which is still the cause of numb­ness, de­nial and heartache.

“If you can, find the strength and time to gather in sup­port for Steven to help find jus­tice and com­fort with oth­ers who shared the priv­i­lege to have known such a kind soul.”

He added: “I, like many oth­ers, can’t ac­cept he has gone and am strug­gling to grip the idea of any­one hurt­ing our Steven, who was more than just a friend to us all.”

It comes af­ter po­lice were seen go­ing door-to-door at Kir­riemuir’s Cor­tachy Road in a bid to find CCTV footage that could bring his killer to jus­tice. Eg­nanoss Road still re­mains closed for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Se­nior in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent James Smith of the Ma­jor In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team, pre­vi­ously called for lo­cals to come for­ward to aid po­lice.

He said: “Our thoughts and con­do­lences re­main with Steven’s fam­ily and friends dur­ing this ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time.

“I’d like to re­as­sure the public that ev­ery ef­fort is be­ing made to trace who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for his bru­tal mur­der. I’d like to thank the public that have come for­ward so far, how­ever I am con­vinced the an­swers to what has hap­pened sit within the com­mu­ni­ties of An­gus.

“Please do not think the po­lice have all the an­swers. We need in­for­ma­tion and peo­ple to come for­ward with that in­for­ma­tion, no mat­ter how small or in­signif­i­cant it may be.

“There has been sig­nif­i­cant spec­u­la­tion on so­cial me­dia sites. If you have some­thing that can as­sist the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, please come for­ward.

“Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on 101, or speak to a po­lice of­fi­cer.

“Al­ter­na­tively, you can con­tact the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111, or via their anony­mous on­line form.”

Po­lice have a ded­i­cated email ad­dress for in­for­ma­tion — op­er­a­tionre­duce@scot­land.pnn. po­lice.uk.

A GATH­ER­ING is to be held “to help find jus­tice and com­fort” a week af­ter a man was found mur­dered at an An­gus beauty spot.

Eg­nanoss Road has been closed while the po­lice in­quiry into Steven Don­ald­son’s mur­der con­tin­ues.

A po­lice of­fi­cer stands guard at an ad­dress in Kir­riemuir, and Steven.

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