Body of fugitive gangster found chopped up into pieces

Body of fugitive gangster found chopped up into pieces
Published: 2015 December 26 09:08:44 (9631 Views)
The body of a 53-year-old fugitive serial torturer dubbed the Blackhill Butcher has been found chopped up into pieces in woodland.

Martin Hamilton is thought to have been killed by underworld rivals some time after he was reported missing before his body dumped.

A dog walker found human remains later confirmed as Hamilton – who had not been seen since April, the Daily Record reports.

But only the criminal's skull and some parts of his spine were discovered in the shallow grave – in remote woodland near West Calder, West Lothian, last week.

It's understood police were yesterday searching a second area near Fauldhouse after reports of more human remains being discovered.

Police sources said initial examination of Hamilton's skull showed he had suffered a head injury, but it was still to be establish if this happened before or after he died.

Hamilton, who had a string of convictions, including torture, assault and abduction, was released from prison in September last year.

But in April police revealed he had disappeared and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he breached parole conditions by failing to turn up at court.

They described Hamilton, dubbed the Blackhill Butcher, as potentially dangerous and warned the public not to approach him.

Detectives probing his disappearance were told the gangster had moved to England and were trying to establish his exact whereabouts when the remains were found.



It had been claimed he had robbed a drug dealer of £75,000 just weeks before he vanished.

He had been muscling in on the Edinburgh scene after his release from prison and formed an association with convicted dealer Mark Richardson after meeting him in prison.

Hamilton took the drugs from a rival of Richardson's who was said to be an "easy target".

Hamilton, originally from Glasgow, operated in Edinburgh and north Glasgow before being jailed in 2000 for a string of violent offences.

He was convicted of torture, assault, abduction and drug dealing, and handed a life sentence with a minimum of nine years to serve.

A trial was told how he was considered a predatory homosexual who regularly abducted young men and raped them at gunpoint.

He ran a network of drug dealers who he ruled through fear and tortured anyone who challenged him.

Despite still being considered dangerous, Hamilton, who was from Maryhill in Glasgow, was released on parole in September last year from HMP Shotts but disappeared.

A manhunt was launched to track down the fugitive by detectives and a £2000 reward was offered.

Until the grisly discovery in West Lothian, Hamilton hadn't been seen since April 16, prompting officers to issue three separate pleas for information from the public as to his whereabouts.



Source - Mirror

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