Murder victim was soldier who served in Iraq

Robbie Morrison returned from a tour of duty in Iraq in 2008 to find his car looking like a tank. Picture: Greg Macvean
Robbie Morrison returned from a tour of duty in Iraq in 2008 to find his car looking like a tank. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A FORMER soldier who fought in Iraq has been named as the victim of a fatal stabbing in Wester Hailes.

Robbie Morrison, 31, who was seriously injured in the incident on Friday afternoon, succumbed to his injuries yesterday morning.

Robbie Morrison. Picture: Comp

Robbie Morrison. Picture: Comp

Mr Morrison, a former guardsman with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, is believed to have been stabbed in the leg and neck.

Residents today spoke of their shock at the incident, which is alleged to have happened outside a house at the top of Dumbryden Gardens, near the former primary school grounds.

It is understood Mr Morrison managed to get away from the scene and was found by a passer-by on the footpath which runs alongside allotments.

The entire area – from the top of Dumbryden Gardens to Dumbryden Grove – was cordoned off throughout the weekend, but the police presence has since been scaled down.

One resident said the incident had left the community feeling “wary”, with some calling for foliage around the path to be cut back to make it less “hidden”.

A Dumbryden Grove resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Right beside the allotment, and where the old primary school was, that was all cut off by police.

“I looked out the window and there were three police cars and a van. I was getting my shopping delivered and the driver couldn’t get in.

“This is where I walk my dogs on a daily basis. I have never seen this happen. There were big blood stains on the path.”

A woman who has a plot at Dumbryden allotments said she was “horrified” by the incident. “I come here to take time out so to hear that, it’s just terrible,” she said.

Iraq soldier Robbie’s car decked out like tank for return home

Mr Morrison, who served twice in Iraq, hit the headlines in 2008 when his family gave him a quirky welcome home gift.

He returned to his Firrhill Loan home from a six-month tour of duty to find that his Ford Fiesta had been decked out to look like a tank.

They had completely camouflaged his car in green skin, attached a fake gun to the roof and put the number plate 1 RAQ on the front.

Mr Morrison had said at the time that he was “relieved to be out of there [Iraq]”.

His mother, Lynn, said she was too upset to speak about her son’s death.

Police Scotland said officers had been carrying out extensive inquiries and were appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Inspector Grant Johnston, who is leading the inquiry, said: “This is now a murder and the major investigation team are progressing all inquiries.

“A member of the public may hold a key piece of information that could assist with the investigation, and we are appealing to anyone who saw anything in and around Dumbryden Gardens on Friday afternoon to get in touch as soon as 
possible.”

Area commander Chief Inspector Mark Rennie said that high-visibility patrols were being carried out in the Wester Hailes area, adding: “The incident appears to be isolated.”