Billyjoe Bates murder anniversary - further witness appeal

Published 22 November 2019

BillyJoe Bates Murder Appeal

Detectives are continuing to investigate the murder of Billyjoe Bates in Milton, Glasgow.
This week marks the first anniversary of the brutal attack in Ashfield Street at Kippen Street, which left 28-year-old Billyjoe with serious injuries on Sunday, 18 November, 2018.  He died in Glasgow Royal Infirmary four days later on 22 November, 2018.  
Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this murder.
The inquiry team are now releasing an image of a man they have previously appealed to identify, and images of four vehicles which were all seen in the area around 2.30pm on Sunday, 18 November, 2018, when Billyjoe was attacked.  We are urging anyone with information on the identity of this man, and the occupants of the vehicles to contact us, as they are potential witnesses to the incident.
The man in the image was seen in the Londis Store in Crowhill Street, then walking along Kippen Street.  He is described as between 25 to 45 years of age, around 5ft 10 inches in height and of medium build with a dark neatly trimmed beard, moustache and sideburns. He was wearing a grey beanie-style hat, a black jacket, black jogging trousers and white trainers. While he was in the shop, he bought milk and American cream soda. 
The vehicles officers are working to trace which are shown in the images are:
A white BMW 1 series
A black BMW 3 series coupe
A gold coloured Nissan Qashqai
A red Mazda
Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston, who leads the Major Investigation Team (West) said: “I must stress that we are not connecting the man in the image or the occupants of these vehicles with the death of Billyjoe. I strongly believe that they may have vital information that will assist this murder inquiry and not even realise the significance of it. I would appeal directly to them to contact my officers as soon as possible.
“Although a year has now passed we are still as determined as ever to track down Billyjoe’s killer. We are being meticulous and thorough with our inquiry and I am confident that we will make a significant breakthrough. I believe that there are people in the local community who know who is responsible for this murder. His family has been devastated by his death and they deserve closure. The person responsible must be brought to justice.
“We will trace whoever is responsible for this murder, but we would appreciate any information people can provide. Please don’t wait for the police to visit you at home. Do the right thing. I can assure anyone with concerns that information passed to us will be treated in the utmost confidence.”
Billyjoe’s Mum, Jackie Wilson said: “I am appealing to anyone who has any information of the murder of my son Billyjoe to come forward, even if you think it’s irrelevant.

“After a year has passed, I still have no answers to why this has happened. How a coward can do this to someone and leave them lying dying is beyond me. I absolutely devastated and heartbroken.

“You know what you have done. Others must know too so it’s time for people to stop protecting you.”
Anyone with information regarding Billyjoe’s murder, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should contact officers through 101 quoting reference number 2422 of Sunday 18 November 2018. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.


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