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UK NewsStephen Wallace murder: how his killer Adrian Atkinson was caught after murdering the 46-year-old in Paisley

20:30  20 august  2019
20:30  20 august  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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It heard how violent thug Adrian Atkinson , 48, bludgeoned Stephen so badly he had to be Mr Wallace lay for two weeks at his Williamsburgh Court flat in Paisley , before being discovered by a The killer on BBC Murder Case who attacked Stephen Wallace . Atkinson was jailed for life at the

Adrian Atkinson is accused of killing Stephen Wallace at the 46 - year - old 's home in Paisley This includes claims Atkinson showed a photo he had taken of Mr Wallace "dead in his flat" to two Atkinson was then said to have disposed of the alleged murder weapon as well as keys and a

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It's the third and final episode of the BBC's true-crime documentary series this week, and it focuses on the 2018 murder of Stephen Wallace in Scotland.

Stephen Wallace murder: how his killer Adrian Atkinson was caught after murdering the 46-year-old in Paisley © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Murder Case has been a surprise hit for BBC Scotland, as it follows forensic teams attempting to solve brutal cases of violence and murder in the country.

Stephen Wallace murder: how his killer Adrian Atkinson was caught after murdering the 46-year-old in Paisley © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

This episode focuses on a crime that shocked the nation just last year.

What is the episode about?

The third episode of the series, entitled Motive Unknown, follows the investigation into the violent murder of 46-year-old Stephen Wallace, whose body was found in a Paisley tower block flat in March 2018.

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Stephen’s injuries were so significant that he could not be visually identified. The MITs, working with SPA Forensic Services, had to forensically comb the crime scene for clues which would lead them to Stephen’s killer.

Stephen Wallace was found dead in a flat in Paisley in March 2018 (Photo: Police Scotland)

What happened to Stephen Wallace?

Wallace's body was found by police on 4 March 2018 in a tower block, but he had been so badly injured he could only be identified by his fingerprints.

It was a concerned friend who raised the alarm, and it was likely that Wallace had been left for dead for two weeks.

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It transpired that he had been murdered by his neighbour, Adrian Atkinson, who had smashed him on the head eight times with a machete.

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The High Court in Glasgow heard Atkinson had left Mr Wallace to die and later bragged he had "done him in".

Atkinson pleaded guilty to murdering Mr Wallace on 18 February by repeatedly striking him on the head and body with the bladed weapon.

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Atkinson's defence counsel John Scullion QC said his client had been drinking heavily and had no recollection of his actions, but he accepts responsibility and expressed remorse.

Speaking after the sentencing, Det Supt Maxine Martin said: "Adrian Atkinson subjected Stephen Wallace, a man who was supposed to be his friend, to a violent and sustained attack.

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"Mr Wallace was well known locally and the response from the community was extremely positive. I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the public for their support and helping us piece together Mr Wallace's movements in the weeks leading up to his death.

"I am glad that Atkinson made the decision to take responsibility for his horrific crime by entering a guilty plea and sparing his victim's family having to hear the brutal details of how he died."

What other murders have been covered in the series?

The case of Julie Reilly, murdered by Andrew Wallace, has been explored in the series (Photo: Police Scotland)

The first two episodes, which aired in early June, looked at the disappearance, and subsequent murder investigation, of 47-year-old Julie Reilly who was murdered last year.

To date, these episodes have had over 700,000 downloads on BBC iPlayer.

Murder Case: Motive Unknown is on BBC Two on Wednesday 21 August at 9pm. It's the last in the current series.

Two-hour siege ends peacefully as cops talk man down from ledge.
Cops in Paisley raced to Tannahill Road in Ferguslie Park after the 35-year-old man clambered to danger . It’s understood the incident was sparked after the man became upset during a family argument. Emergency services raced to the stand-off as the distressed man threatened to jump. Specialist Scottish Fire and Rescue and Scottish Ambulance Service incident teams were also on hand during the incident. Police Scotland negotiators arrived at the block and were able to talk the man down. He was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital to be assessed by medics.

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