One-week since the murder of Saltcoats pensioner Malky Ballantyne (pictured), the charity CRIMESTOPPERS is offering a £10,000 reward for information that secures an arrest and conviction.
Mr Ballantyne, 72, was found dead at around 1:00pm last Friday (August 21) by a member of his family in his Glebe Place home.
Subsequently Police Scotland issued a description of a person they wish to talk to in relation to Mr Ballantyne’s murder - medium build, wearing a black baseball cap and a light-blue waist-length jacket. The man was seen outside the entrance to the murdered-man’s home at around 2:30am last Friday.
Police enquiries continue and no motive has yet been established for the murder of Mr Ballantyne, who has been described as “well-liked and well-respected”.
Speaking today (August 28), Detective-Chief-Inspector Gary Cunningham said, “It has now been a week since Mr Ballantyne was brutally murdered in his own home. I am confident that the answers to what happened lie within the local community and it is vitally important that anyone with information contacts us immediately.
“Mr Ballantyne was an upstanding member of the community and his family, as well as those who knew him, have been left completely devastated by this horrendous crime. They deserve to know who is responsible for his death and why.”
Addressing anyone who may have information, the senior officer said, “You may think what you know is insignificant but let us be the judge of that as no matter how minor your information is, it could be that critical piece that helps lead us to whoever is responsible.”
Now CRIMESTOPPERS has made available £10,000 for information that secures an arrest and conviction. The charity’s Angela Parker said, “Malcolm was a well-liked, well-respected man within the community and this is why we and the police are at a loss as to why someone would have committed this callous crime.
“I'd ask anyone who may have been in the area at the time of this attack to contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 if you have any information, no matter how small.”
Information can also be left with CRIMESTOPPERS on an anonymous basis.
Alternatively, information can be passed directly to Police Scotland by calling 01563 505172 or texting 07437 942153.