The heartbroken mum of Billyjoe Bates said her son did not deserve to die the way he did in a desperate appeal for his killer to come forward.

Emergency services were called to Milton’s Ashfield Street at its junction with Kippen Street around 2.30pm on November 18 after 28-year-old Billyjoe was found seriously injured.

He was rushed to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he died in the early hours of November 22.

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Jackie Wilson, Billyjoe’s mother, joined Detective Inspector Scott McCallum at a press conference today, six months on from his murder, to appeal for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

She said: “I am appealing for anyone who has any information about the murder of my son Billyjoe, or for the person responsible to look to their conscience and come forward.

“It has been six months now and I still can’t face the fact that he will never walk back through the door. Billyjoe was my absolute world. Every day without him is mental torture.

“He did not deserve to die the way he did. Myself and my family are heartbroken and deserve answers to why this has happened.”

A dedicated team of specialist officers are working within the local community to gather information which could lead them to the person responsible for Billyjoe’s death.

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But, police are still trying to trace a potential witness, who was seen in the nearby Londis Store and then walking along Kippen Street, around the time of the attack on Billyjoe.

The man is described as between 25 to 45 years of age, medium build, approximately 5'9"-5'11" and had dark facial hair with a neatly trimmed beard, moustache and sideburns.

He was wearing a grey 'beanie' style hat, a black jacket, black jogging bottoms and white trainers.

While in the shop, he purchased milk and American Cream Soda. The charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for any information which could lead to the arrest of the person responsible for Billyjoe’s death.

Detective Inspector Scott McCallum from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team (WEST) said: “There is no doubt in my mind that people in the local community of Milton know who is responsible for the murder of Billyjoe Bates.

“It is vital that we are able to arrest the individual responsible and provide some sort of closure to Billyjoe’s family, who have been left completely devastated by his loss.

“I would urge anyone who has information, and is yet to speak to the police, to please do the right thing and get in touch.”

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Det Insp McCallum said he believed he knew the identity of two men who were spotted around the area at the time of Billyjoe’s death.

Earlier appeals said one of them was bare-chested and in the company of another man who was wearing grey jogging bottoms, a grey top and possibly a black hooded top.

He added: “I believe I know the identity of those two men.

“My appeal was for anybody who may have seen them at the material time and, again, I would ask for any members of the public who were in the area and do recall seeing those men to contact 101.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.