Renton flat fire murder victim named as police probe shocking attack on vulnerable man Police are treating the death as suspicious as they launch murder probe into his death

Posted: 28th March 2023

Police Scotland have named the man who was found dead in a blazing flat in West Dunbartonshire as 40-year-old Charles Wilson.

Detectives are investigating claims that his killers set light to the flat in Tontine Park, Renton, in an attempt to cover up his murder. Known as Chic to neighbours, he was said to be a vulnerable man who was completely “harmless”.

The emergency services were called to the scene at 7.25am on Saturday, March 25. Mr Wilson’s body was found after the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service put out the fire.

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His death is being treated as suspicious and a murder investigation is ongoing, led by detectives from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team.

An unnamed neighbour told the Scottish Sun: “The fire was started to cover up the beating that Chic took. He’s been murdered before the killer, or killers, panicked and tried to cover their tracks.

“But it’s not worked and there’s plenty of evidence left behind.”

Meanwhile, one of his neighbours told the Daily Record: “Chic was harmless. No one deserves this to happen, but especially not Chic. My dad knew him quite well and had asked me to look out for him – I did his washing for him just a few weeks ago.”

Detective Chief Inspector Lynsey Watters said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Wilson’s family and we are providing them with support at this very difficult time.

“Our investigation into his murder is ongoing and I would urge anyone who can help to get in touch as soon as you can. Mr Wilson was last seen alive around 10.45am on Friday, 24 March at his flat.

“We are working to establish his movements and what has happened to him between then and his body being discovered on Saturday morning.

“If you believe you have seen him or if you have spoken to him please let us know urgently.”

She added: “Extensive enquiries are ongoing since Mr Wilson was found on Saturday morning and officers continue to work door to door along with other lines of investigation.

“There will be an additional police presence in the area as this work continues and I would urge anyone who has any concerns or who believes they may have information to speak to our officers.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 0899 of 25 March, 2023. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Detectives have also set up an online portal to encourage members of the public to submit information.

Source: Scottish Daily Express

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