HeadLine: MURDER VICTIM WAS ‘BEATEN TO A PULP’ BEFORE
The Mirror, 05/07/2002, p25
by SHAUN MILNE
A WEALTHY Scots businessman beaten to death outside his plush home had
already survived a previous attack, the Scottish Daily Mirror can
Alexander Blue, 41, was found unconscious lying in a pool of his own
blood behind the townhouse in Glasgow’s west end last Tuesday.
He was rushed to hospital suffering severe injuries including knife
wounds, but died two days later causing cops to launch a murder probe.
Yesterday his devastated brother Gavin Blue, 38, said Alexander, who
died exactly a week ago, had no enemies.
Gavin said: “Alex and I were very close. He was a fantastic uncle to my
three-year-old boy, who thought the world of him.
“He was very generous to friends and colleagues and popular among his
circle of close friends.
“I can’t understand why anyone would want to harm him.”
The Mirror can reveal today that Alexander, a former car salesman, is
believed to have fallen out with money-men in Glasgow and survived a
previous violent attack.
One friend said: “He wanted to be a wide boy and basically bumped some
people who were due cash from him.
“He was beaten to a pulp once before. He went home one night and there
were two guys waiting with baseball bats.
“He didn’t report it, but he’s obviously not learned any lessons.
“People have been saying he’s been back in the money because he just
bought a new Porsche.”
Alexander was last seen leaving the Bean Scene cafe in Byres Road at
around 8pm last Monday.
Cops have so far been unable to make any significant breakthrough in
the murder probe.
Neighbours claim Alexander, who owned a business supplying cars to the
taxi trade, used many different identities.
But Det Chief Insp David Swindle, leading the inquiry, said: “There is
no indication of any illegal activities or of him using other names.”
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