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Murdered Dennistoun man suffered 'horrific death'

Andrew Alexander
Image caption Mr Alexander's body was found at his flat in Dennistoun

Police searching for the killer of a 56-year-old man found dead in his flat in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow have said he suffered a "horrific" death.

The body of Andrew Alexander was found with multiple stab wounds in the Hillfoot Street flat on Saturday night.

Strathclyde Police said that although they were yet to establish a motive for the murder, they were sure Mr Alexander was the intended victim.

The force has launched an appeal for information about the killing.

Det Ch Insp David Gailey said: "At this time we just don't know why Mr Alexander was murdered but we know that he was the intended victim.

"He sustained multiple stab wounds and suffered a horrific death.

"Although Andrew was a very quiet person with a small circle of friends, he was a well-known face in the area.

"He was not married and had no children, but has two sisters who are devastated by his death."

Patrolling the area

Mr Gailey said that the level of violence used in the attack was rare and said officers would be patrolling in the area to reassure the public.

He said Mr Alexander was a "creature of habit" who visited his local bookies and shops in the Duke Street area daily.

He said: "Officers have been trawling through CCTV and have been speaking to neighbours and friends in an effort to establish why he was killed and indeed, why so brutal an attack.

"Duke Street is very busy especially at the time he was last seen. What I want to know is did anyone see him on Friday afternoon, and if so, was he alone or with someone?

"It is essential that we establish his movements and therefore I would appeal for anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they may think it is, to contact the incident room at Baird Street."

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