Aberfeldy 'gunshot death' pensioner charged in connection with 'shooting' of dog walker Brian Low

Brian Low was discovered shot dead on a remote path in Aberfeldy
-Credit: (Image: Jacqui Low/Kim Cessford)


A pensioner has been charged in connection with the alleged 'gunshot' death of Brian Low in Aberfeldy.

The 65-year-old was allegedly gunned down while walking his dog on a remote path near the Perth and Kinross town on Saturday, February 17. His body was discovered by a member of the public in the Pitllie area and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His black Labrador was found safe and well by his side. On Friday, more than three months on, officers from Police Scotland confirmed a 75-year-old man has been arrested in connection.

Police at the scene in the Pitilie
Police at the scene in the Pitilie -Credit:PA

He has now been charged. He remains in custody and is due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court on Monday.

Police Scotland initially treated Brian's death as "medical or non-suspicious", but it later became a 'murder investigation' when a post-mortem examination established he was allegedly killed by a "fatal gunshot".

Local residents were not told of the nature of his death until 10 days after his body was discovered. Officers earlier revealed that they had visited 500 homes and combed through 2,400 hours of CCTV footage as part of their investigation.

His niece, Jacqui Low, from Fife, previously told how Brian's family has been left devastated by the tragedy.

She said: “We are at a complete loss as to how this has happened to Brian. His partner and brothers are devastated and appeal to anyone who has any information to come forward.

"His devoted dog, Millie, stayed by his side for as long as she was allowed and is being cared for by his immediate family.”

Brian worked at Edradynate Estate prior to taking retirement around a year ago and was described as a “much-liked and well-respected” colleague.

Forensic officers comb the scene
Forensic officers comb the scene -Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The estate's managing director Jamie Campbell told the Record: "It's very upsetting and tragic news. Brian was an employee of the estate for around 20 years. We are all devastated.

"He left almost exactly a year ago and seemed to be settling well into his new found semi-retirement. He was a much cherished colleague and someone we all got on with very well."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "A 75-year-old man arrested yesterday has been charged in connection with the death of Brian Low in Aberfeldy.

"Around 8.30am on Saturday, February 17, 2024, 65-year-old Mr Low’s body was discovered in the Pitllie area on the outskirts of the town. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The 75-year-old man remains in custody and is due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court on Monday, 27 May, 2024. A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

"The matter remains active for the purposes of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and the public are therefore advised to exercise caution if discussing it on social media."

The Police Investigation and Review Commissioner (PIRC) also confirmed it was investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr Low's death.

A spokesperson for the watchdog said: "On 1 March 2024, PIRC was directed by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 65 year-old man discovered near Aberfeldy on 17 February 2024. Once the investigation is concluded, a report on our findings will be submitted to the COPFS."

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