The family of a north-east mechanic brutally murdered in his own home have described him as a “genial” chap who will be deeply missed.
Brian McKandie was viciously attacked and left to die in his cottage, on the outskirts of Rothienorman, on March 12.
The incident has sent shockwaves around the local community, with many expressing disbelief that someone could have targeted the well-liked 67-year-old, who neighbours say kept himself to himself.
Last night, Mr McKandie’s family released their own tribute to the pensioner.
It said: “Brian was a dearly beloved brother of William, Margaret and the late Elizabeth, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to many.
“He was a genial sort of chap with a dry sense of humour. He was hard-working and very dedicated to his business.
“We have been shocked by the recent events and would ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time.”
Meanwhile, the investigation into the popular handyman’s murder is continuing.
Officers have renewed their appeal for two men who were seen talking to Mr McKandie outside his home at Fairview Cottages, Badenscoth, between 5-6pm on March 11, to come forward.
It is believed the men, one who is thought to be in his 20s, and another in his 30s, could have been the last people to see him alive before he was fatally attacked.
Detective Chief Inspector Iain Smith said: “We believe Mr McKandie was assaulted within his home between the evening of Friday 11 March 2016 and Saturday 12 March 2016 and we are urging anyone who may have spoken to him to come forward.
“Understandably, Mr McKandie’s family and friends are devastated by his death and it is vital we piece together the events that led up to this horrific crime and the motive for such an attack.”
Police are following a number of lines of inquiry, such as a botched robbery and “travelling criminals”.
Mr McKandie’s death had initially been treated as “unexplained” after a local man raised the alarm when he could not be contacted.
Officers remained at the cottage throughout the weekend with forensic teams closely examining the property.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.