By Colin Munro on social media
I spoke to Margaret Glachan this morning, people who don’t know who she is, she is the mother Caroline Glachan who died on the 25th of August 1996 in Alexandria aged 14 years old.
Caroline was a normal 14 year old schoolgirl who did not deserve this fate, she had been out that night enjoying herself with her pals locally and found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Despite extensive Police enquires over the past 25 years, nobody had ever been brought to justice and charged in connection with this death.
I was the appointed Police Family Liaison Officer for Margaret and her family from the day of her death until I retired in January 2009.
Caroline Glachan playing with friends at the shops in Bonhill.
At times it was extremely difficult and upsetting, but Margaret, Allan and their extended family were fully supportive at all times to me and my colleagues during this period.
Waking up this morning to the news that three persons had been arrested and charged in coinnection with Caroline’s death was a surprise to many people.
But Police Scotland never gave up on the investigation. They promised Margaret in 1996 that they would never forget her and keep going until the person(s) responsible were brought to justice, and this is what they have done.
Today is the start of another difficult period for Margaret; the court appearance of the suspects, the memories of her daughter and the judicial system’s handling of the case.
Margaret has never lost focus of what happened to her daughter. I have spoken to her on a number of occasions since retiring and she has always believed 100 pedr cent that the person(s) responsible would be brought to justice.
So, with all that’s happened over the past few days, let’s hope these people are dealt with at last.
* Colin Munro is a retired police officer