THE partner of a man murdered outside his home has been left "completely traumatised" after she watched the attack from a window. William McKeeney, 57, was attacked by two men in Melville Street, in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow, at around 12.40am on Sunday as he walked home from a night out.
He was subjected to a "sustained and violent" assault and left unconscious on the pavement. He was taken by ambulance to the Victoria Infirmary where he died from his injuries without regaining consciousness. Strathclyde Police said today that Mr McKeeney's 48-year-old partner had heard a disturbance and had seen the attack from the window of their ground floor flat - but had not known he was the victim. It was only when she went outside that she realised it was her partner.
Chief Inspector Stephen McAllister said she was "completely traumatised", adding: "The fact she found him makes it even more horrendous." Mr McKeeney had been out locally and had called his partner shortly before he was attacked to say he was coming home. His partner, and his family, have been left "completely devastated" by the death, police said.
DCI David Gailey said: "Mr McKeeney suffered massive injuries to his head and body in what can only be described as a brutal and sustained attack. "To speculate on a motive at this time is completely unhelpful, and indeed may hinder our investigation, however, we are keeping an open mind as to why it happened.
"People should be repulsed by what has happened and I would ask them to think about the effect this has had on his partner, and indeed the local community." Mr McKeeney, who was originally from Donegal in the Republic of Ireland, was "extremely popular" and "well known" in the local community and had no known enemies.
The labourer had been living in Glasgow for the past five years. Police said that there was no apparent motive for the attack at the moment.
DCI Gailey added: "He went out of his way to help members of the community on a day-to-day basis. "There is no motive for the crime at present and it is absolutely pivotal to take this inquiry forward that I establish what the motive is. I'm not ruling anything out. I don't have a motive for this murder. I'm keeping an open mind as to what the motive is."
Police are looking for two men of Asian appearance in connection with Mr McKeeney's death - but there is currently "absolutely nothing" to suggest he was murdered for racial reasons, DCI Gailey said. He said: "The cause of Mr McKeeney's death was the result of a physical attack on him. He suffered injuries to his head and body - there is nothing to suggest a weapon was used - but I'm not in a position to rule a particular weapon out.
"At the moment it would appear that it was a completely unprovoked and violent attack. "It was a sustained and violent attack that led to the death of a healthy and fit man. There is absolutely nothing at the moment to suggest to me that this is a racially motive attack." Police have appealed to anyone in the Pollokshields community who knows who killed Mr McKeeney, or who saw or heard the attack, to contact them.
DCI Gailey said: "I am convinced that because of the local nature of this investigation, the answer to this investigation lies within the Pollokshields community. "My message to the killers is that I would like them to consider the effect they have had on William McKeeney's partner and not only that, but the impact that their violence has had on the Pollokshields community, and if they have any conscience at all, I ask them on behalf of the community to give themselves up."
Around 60 officers are working on the case, with extra police in the area to reassure the public. Mr McKeeney's attackers have been described as of Asian appearance. One was 6ft 4in tall, thin and wearing a light-coloured hooded top and light grey tracksuit bottoms. The second was average height and build with a navy tracksuit. Police have not ruled out a racist motive for the killing.
A source said: "Wullie was a great big guy. It is sickening he has been killed in this way. "He came over from Ireland a few years ago. He had been out having a pint at Sammy Dow's. "He and his partner Annemarie live on the ground floor. There was nothing she could do."
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