Mans burning body with fingertips hacked off found in park by horrified locals

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The burning body of a man with his finger tips hacked off was spotted by horrified residents in a Glasgow community.

The remains of William Leiper were so badly injured detectives are struggling to establish a cause of death.

Emergency services raced to the scene in Pollock, Glasgow last week when the alarm was raised by members of the public who spotted his body on fire.

The 31-year-old was found just yards from his flat on Wednesday, August 4, the Daily Record reports.

Leiper had been charged with multiple sex attacks and violent assaults on a woman over a period of several years.

He went on trial at Glasgow High Court but was acquitted of all charges on July 30.

Sources close to the police investigation told the Daily Record: "Leiper was so badly injured they cannot establish a cause of death. His fingers were chopped off. He was not decapitated as some have speculated.

"Leiper has been known to police for some time and was charged with attempting to rape a 15 year-old girl and threatened to blow himself up in front of her.

"He was a valium dealer and we are probing the possibility he was involved in a turf war with other dealers."

Leiper also appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court in 2018 after he attacked a woman and threatened police officers.

He pled guilty to three charges of punching the woman and shouting threats to officers who tried to arrest him.

He was sentenced to a Community Payback Order with 18 months supervision and ordered to carry out 130 hours of unpaid work.

Officers investigating his death previously appealed for anyone who may have been in the park on Tuesday and Wednesday to come forward.

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A dedicated online portal has also been set up for anyone to submit information they may have to investigators.

Detective Superintendent Andrew Patrick, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Leiper’s family at this difficult time and they are being supported by specialist officers.

“His death is being treated as unexplained and officers, supported by specialist forensic teams, are still at the scene and carrying out house to house enquiries in the area.

“This is a significant enquiry and it may take some time to find answers for Mr Leiper’s family and those living in the area as we investigate the full circumstances of what has happened."

A fundraiser for the family of William Leiper has been launched to contribute towards funeral costs.

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