Australian Hearts fan arrested over Scots murder

James McGowan faces extradition to Scotland. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
James McGowan faces extradition to Scotland. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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A MAN facing extradition to Scotland for an unsolved murder made a number of visits from his Australian home to watch Hearts, according to reports.

James McGowan, 56, who has dual British and Australian citizenship, was arrested in Australia for the fatal stabbing of brother-in-law Owen Brannigan, 45, in November 1999, and now faces being brought back to his homeland to stand trial.

But he is reported to have travelled back to Scotland on around three occasions since 2005 including for the Hearts-Hibs 2012 Scottish Cup Final.

The murder of Mr Brannigan was one of the first to be selected by the Cold Case Unit of the Crown Office, which announced in 2011 that five cases had been prioritised for immediate investigation as there were identifiable suspects.