Murder investigation in Hamilton after "very prolonged and vicious attack"

29 January 2018, 14:45 | Updated: 29 January 2018, 15:56


A man found dead at a house was subjected to a "prolonged and vicious" attack, according to police.

Detectives have now launched a murder probe into the death of James Murray in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.

The 24-year-old's body was found at a property in the town's Holyrood Street at around 6.45pm on Friday.

Police are treating his death as suspicious after a post-mortem examination was carried out.

Officers are appealing for information and want to speak to anyone who spent time with the victim in the last few weeks.

Extra police patrols are currently being carried out in the area.

Detective Chief Inspector Raymond Brown at the Major Investigation Team said: "Mr Murray has been the victim of a very prolonged and vicious attack and as such it is vital that we trace the person or persons responsible for his death.

"My officers are currently carrying out further forensic examinations as well as viewing CCTV and speaking to local people in the community in an attempt to progress our inquiry.
"As part of our investigation we would like to speak to anyone who has been in the company of Mr Murray since the beginning of January and in particular anyone who has seen him from 19 January until he was discovered on Friday 26 January.

"It is only by speaking to those in his company, we can begin to piece together his movements in the lead up to his untimely death."