THE heart has been ripped out of the staff who worked with murdered Minnigaff man Davie Brown, his boss said this week.
Father-of-three Davie died last Saturday. Paul McCann, 56, has since been arrested and charged with murder.
This week Gordon Andrews, who runs the Galloway Arms Hotel where 40-year-old Davie was the well-known face behind the bar for 10 years, said it would take the staff a long time to get over the tragedy.
He added: “Newton Stewart will be a poorer place without him. I don’t want to be gushy but it’s true to say that no-one had a bad word to say against Davie. He had no enemies, he was just a nice man and an integral part of what we do at the Galloway Arms. He is irreplaceable; we’ll not get anyone like him again.”
Mr Andrews said that even when Davie had cause to throw trouble-makers out of the pub, they’d come back in the next day and apologise to him.
He added: “We’re so shocked. We’re still waiting for him to come in to start his shift. This really has ripped the heart out of the staff – not just at the Galloway Arms but also at the Belted Galloway.”
Tributes have been laid outside the Galloway Arms in the form of flowers, teddy bears and notes.
Davie was discovered in a house in McGregor Drive with serious injuries and died despite urgent medical treatment. Paul McCann appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday but made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.
Detective Inspector Mark Hollis said: “Everything points to this being an isolated incident. We believe the suspect and victim knew each other and we have now arrested a man in relation to the death.
“We would remind the public that these types of crimes are extremely rare in the region. A number of witnesses have already been traced and we are grateful for the response we have received from the public.
“If you have any knowledge of the incident or were in the area around the time please contact us on 0845 600 5701 or speak to any police officer.”