Police have upgraded an attempted murder inqury to a murder inquiry this evening after a man found with serious head and facial injuries in Renfrew last weekend died in hospital.
Detectives have named the victum as local man, Paul Mathieson, aged 37. He was found in the town’s Wilson Street, not far from where he lived in Houston Street.
The attacked happened at around 1.10am on Sunday 14th January 2018 and he was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment. He died in the early hours of this morning. His relatives are aware.
CCTV shows Mr Mathieson talking to another man in Wilson Street then, for an unknown reason, he is attacked by the man. It is thought that Mr Mathieson lay on the ground “for some time” before he was found by a passers by.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Fergus, Major Investigation Teams, said: “From our enquiries so far, we know that Mr Mathieson was the victim of a sustained and brutal attack by one man and that he died as a result of his injuries.
“Mr Mathieson, who is quite well known in the Renfrew area, had been out for the night and was heading home after buying a pizza from a nearby fast food shop, when, from CCTV, he is seen talking to another man, in Wilson Street. Then, for some unknown reason, the man attacks him, punching him to the ground and striking him several times before making off towards Houston Street.
“Unfortunately, Mr Mathieson lay for some time before he is found by a member of the public who called the emergency services.
“We have traced a number of people who were seen in the area on CCTV, and although their information has assisted our enquiry, we have still to trace the man responsible.
“We need to trace Mr Mathieson’s movements that night and speak to those who may have seen him about. He was in the Kind Man’s pub in Hairst Street and the Western bar on Main Street, Renfrew, earlier in the night and then popped in to a takeaway near his home to get something to eat.
“Renfrew Town Centre would have been busy at that time, so did you see him out and about then or have you any information that may help us trace the man responsible for his murder?
“As I said, this was a sustained and brutal attack which would seem unprovoked and I am appealing to anyone who can help us catch his killer to get in touch with police as soon as possible.
“Additional officers will be in Renfrew Town Centre tonight, particularly around Houston Street and the surrounding area, speaking to people there to see if they can remember seeing or hearing anything that may assist officers with their investigation.
“Anyone with information should contact the MITs incident room, Paisley, via telephone number 101 quoting incident number 0309 of 14 January 2018. Alternatively, calls can be made in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Extra officers will patrol Renfrew town centre later in a bid to speak to people who may have information about his death and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.