Police encouraged by public’s support of Shawlands murder investigation

Owen Hassan, pictured, died in hospital after he was seriously injured in Greenview Street. Picture: Police Scotland
Owen Hassan, pictured, died in hospital after he was seriously injured in Greenview Street. Picture: Police Scotland

Officers investigating the murder of Owen Hassan in Shawlands have carried out a stop and speak operation to prompt the memories of members of the public who may have been in the area at the same time last week.

Thirty year-old Owen Hassan was attacked by two men in Greenview Street, Shawlands around 10.25pm on Wednesday 7 November 2018.

Between 10pm and 11pm yesterday evening (Wednesday, November 14), exactly a week to the day, detective and uniform officers stopped cars travelling on Greenview Street and spoke to pedestrians.

Speaking today, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Fergus of the Major Investigation Team said: “This was a worthwhile exercise and I have been encouraged by the response from the public.

“Around fifty people were spoken to and we are currently assessing the information they provided. Everyone was very co-operative and understood the importance of this operation and I would like to thank them for their assistance.

“Our investigation into Owen’s murder is progressing and we have been encouraged by the results of various lines of inquiry including CCTV footage and house to house inquiries.

The team remain focused on tracing the two men responsible for this crime, but we cannot do it alone. We need the public’s help.

“Again, I would like to reiterate my appeal to the public for information.

I am sure that there are people who hold details on this murder who have not yet come forward. Please don’t wait for the police to visit you at home; do the right thing and come forward.

“Anyone who has not yet spoken to police and has information in connection with any aspect of this crime is asked to contact the investigation team through 101 quoting reference number 4167 of 7th November.

If, for whatever reason, people are reluctant to contact officers, they should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.