Brother of murdered man makes appeal

Rothienorman murder victim Brian McKandie's family have paid tribute to him.
Rothienorman murder victim Brian McKandie's family have paid tribute to him.

The brother of a murdered Rothienorman man has made an emotional plea to members of the public for information which might help the investigation.

It has been nearly six months since Brian McKandie was found dead and his family have urged anyone who had any dealings with him to contact police even if they think that their information bears no relation to the enquiry.

Mr McKandie’s brother William said: “Brian was a hardworking, private man and we cannot understand why anyone would want to hurt him.

“He had a quiet and unassuming personality and didn’t have a lot of close friends but he had a great many acquaintances and was very well known in the area having lived there his whole life.

“He was a busy mechanic and he was known for doing a good job and many people came to his property to get work done on their vehicles.

“Somebody must know what happened to Brian and we would ask them to look to their conscience and call the police.

“We have lost our brother and we just want to know what happened and why.”

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Smith said: “This type of crime is very unusual in the North East and has obviously been extremely distressing for Brian’s family as well as the wider community.

“If you are aware of anyone who was a customer of Brian’s, please let us know and we can quickly check as to whether we have spoken to them.”

Police are still seeking information about a boxy red or burgundy coloured estate car seen at Brian’s address on Friday, March 11 between 1.30pm and 2pm.

The persons seen at Brian’s address at that time are broadly described as an older male, possibly 40-50 years old, heavy build with dark hair and a younger male, possibly 20-30 years old, thin build, collar length blonde hair.

Although sometimes described as a Volvo style estate car, it could be any old estate car of similar shape and features. This car and persons remain untraced.”

Police can be contacted on 101 and Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information that can lead to conviction and can be contacted on 0800 555 111.