Knife found in canal after Wester Hailes stabbing

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A KNIFE has been recovered from the Union Canal a week after the fatal stabbing of a former soldier in Wester Hailes.

Police made the discovery shortly before the mother of victim Robbie Morrison made an emotional appeal for help finding his killer.

Robbie Morrison, 31, who died after a serious assault in Dumbryden Gardens on Friday August 22.

Robbie Morrison, 31, who died after a serious assault in Dumbryden Gardens on Friday August 22.

The 31-year-old father-of-one was stabbed in Dumbryden Gardens last Friday afternoon and died early on Monday morning.

Yesterday, a week on from the horror, his mother Lynn appealed for anyone with information about the incident to speak to

detectives.

Speaking at the scene of the stabbing, Mrs Morrison said: “I’d just beg anyone to come forward if they’ve got any information.

“I really need to lay my son to rest. I’m just pleading for somebody who knows something to please come forward. There must be mothers here who have got children who know how I feel.”

She described Mr Morrison, a former guardsman with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards who had a three-year-old daughter, as a “very quiet, very hard-working” man, who was “good to his mum”.

Mr Morrison, who lived with his mother in Firrhill Loan, Oxgangs, had served tours in Iraq before leaving the army three years ago. He hit the headlines in 2008 when his family gave him a quirky welcome home gift, when he returned from a six-month stint on the frontline to find 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.

Police have opened a confidential phone line to encourage witnesses to come forward and have been carrying out extensive inquiries and high-visibility patrols in the area to try to trace the people responsible.

It is believed at least two men in their 20s or 30s were involved, including one man who was seen on a mountain bike around the time of the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Cunningham, of Police Scotland’s major investigation team, said: “We’ve recovered a knife from the canal and we’ll be doing a full forensic examination of that to make sure we can either identify it or otherwise as the weapon used in the fatal attack.”

DCI Cunningham said his team was open-minded about those responsible for the murder, but he was certain the answer “lies within the community” and that people should come forward “without the fear of repercussions”.

Anyone with information on the murder can assist detectives in confidence by calling 01506 445 620, or by sending a text message to 07769 239691.