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Friday 12 August 2022 04:07 AM Isle of Skye: Suspect due in court today is the husband of woman stabbed trends now
Friday 12 August 2022 04:07 AM Isle of Skye: Suspect due in court today is the husband of woman stabbed trends now

Friday 12 August 2022 04:07 AM Isle of Skye: Suspect due in court today is the husband of woman stabbed trends now

A man accused of going on a rampage that left one person dead and three others seriously injured was charged with murder and three attempted murders.

Finlay MacDonald, 39, is accused of murdering John MacKinnon, who is believed to be his brother-in-law, with a firearm, turning the weapon on two more victims and stabbing his wife, Rowena MacDonald, 32.

MacKinnon, 47, was shot dead at home in the fishing village of Teangue on the Isle of Skye in a series of 'linked' incidents.

Police were called to the village of Tarskavaig at 9am on Wednesday following reports that his sister-in-law Rowena, had been stabbed in her home.

The alarm was then raised around 30 minutes later after a gunman opened fire on Mr MacKinnon at his home eight miles away.

A further two people were then injured in the Scottish mainland village of Dornie after further reports of gunfire. Osteopath John Don Mackenzie and his social worker wife Fay, both 63, were rushed to hospital following the attack.

Wednesday's horror began when the first victim, named locally as Mr MacKinnon's sister-in-law, Rowena MacDonald, 32, (pictured) was stabbed at a property in the village of Tarskavaig at around 9am

Wednesday's horror began when the first victim, named locally as Mr MacKinnon's sister-in-law, Rowena MacDonald, 32, (pictured) was stabbed at a property in the village of Tarskavaig at around 9am

Forensics officers yesterday at the scene of an incident at a property in the Dornie area of Wester Ross, on the northwest coast of Scotland

Forensics officers yesterday at the scene of an incident at a property in the Dornie area of Wester Ross, on the northwest coast of Scotland

John MacKinnon, 47, has been named locally as the victim of yesterday's horrific gun rampage, in which a further three people were injured before police Tasered and arrested a suspect

Mr MacKinnon's (pictured right, with actor Robson Green, left) family today released a statement describing him as a 'loving husband and a much-loved member of the community'

Mr MacKinnon's (pictured right, with actor Robson Green, left) family today released a statement describing him as a 'loving husband and a much-loved member of the community'

An air ambulance pictured at the scene of one of the incidents in the Scottish Highlands this morning

An air ambulance pictured at the scene of one of the incidents in the Scottish Highlands this morning

Following the incident in Teangue, two locals named as osteopath John D Mackenzie, 63, and mental health nurse wife Fay, 63, (pictured together, centre) were attacked

Following the incident in Teangue, two locals named as osteopath John D Mackenzie, 63, and mental health nurse wife Fay, 63, (pictured together, centre) were attacked

Police say there were three linked incidents on Skye and the Scottish mainland which have led to the arrest of a 39-year-old man

Despite the  police presence in Dornie (pictured) on Skye, Police Scotland says there is no further risk to the community

Despite the  police presence in Dornie (pictured) on Skye, Police Scotland says there is no further risk to the community

Police confirmed yesterday that a man has been arrested and charged with the murder of Mr MacKinnon and the attempted murder of three other people. 

MacDonald is due to appear in court in Inverness today.

Shockwaves will reverberate in this rural idyll far into future

By Joe Hutchison

The shootings that left one man dead and others injured will have a major impact on local communities for 'a long time', a councillor has admitted.

Last night, John Finlayson, councillor for Skye and Raasay, said: 'People across both communities, Skye and in Lochalsh, are still in shock over what has happened.

'Yesterday everybody was in shock as things developed and this morning they were waking up to the reality of what happened and they are still in shock.

'The community spirit is still strong. People want to support each other and they are also keen to support the families in any way they can.

'But at the same time we need to respect the privacy of the families, and our prayers and best wishes go to them and to those who are in hospital, fighting for their lives probably.

'What happened yesterday is going to have an impact for a long time on the individuals, but also on the communities.'

He added: 'I have had contact with close friends and neighbours and there is obviously deep concern for those involved. We just need to make sure that the support is there for them.'

Hamish Fraser, of Broadford and Strath community council, said that the events of Wednesday were unheard of in living memory and the shockwaves would be felt across local communities for months.

Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, yesterday described it as a 'very, very dark period' for Skye and Lochalsh.

The SNP Westminster leader told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland: 'These are small communities where everybody tends to know everyone and there is a real sense of shock.'

He praised the response of the emergency services and said it was important that 'we continue to assess where we are' in relation to firearms regulations.

'These are very controversial topics and, in these rural areas, we're all aware there are applications from time to time for people that have licences for guns, particularly when it comes to agricultural matters', Mr Blackford said.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes, Nationalist MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said that the close-knit communities had been 'shattered to our core'.

 

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Mr MacKinnon's family yesterday paid tribute to the 'much-loved' family man. They said in a statement: 'John was a loving husband, father of six, brother, uncle and grandfather to his family, and was a much-loved member of the community.

'John loved the outdoors, was a keen motorcyclist and, as a loved father, shared his activities with his family.'

Torabhaig Distillery on Skye, where Mr MacKinnon worked as a distiller for five years, was closed yesterday.

A notice at the door of the facility advised it had been forced to shut 'unexpectedly'.

Mrs MacDonald, who is the mother of young children, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where she was described as in a serious condition.

Last night, Mr MacKenzie remained in a 'critical' condition at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Mrs MacKenzie was taken to Broadford Hospital on Skye but was discharged yesterday.

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