William 'Basil' Burns convicted of assault

Published 26 June 2017

On Monday 26 June, William 'Basil' Burns was convicted of an assault to the danger of life on a journalist at his home in December 2015.

William-Basil-BurnsDetective Sergeant Craig Warren, who led the investigation, said today:

"This was an utterly terrifying experience for Russell Findlay, who was attacked with sulphuric acid on the steps of his own home, just a few days before Christmas 2015.

"It was made worse by the fact that his young daughter was present, who was clearly very scared but was able to alert nearby neighbours for help. Thankfully, Mr Findlay did not sustain any permanent effects following his ordeal however the outcome could have been much more serious.

"William Burns is a career criminal and he does not care about anyone other than himself and his activities. He has been known to have links to serious organised crime in Glasgow. 

"This was a vicious assault which took place in broad daylight, and shows the sheer contempt that he had for Mr Findlay and his young daughter."

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