The Coldstream father of World’s End murder victim Helen Scott has died – a year after his daughter’s killer was brought to justice.
Morain Scott passed away on Friday aged 85. He suffered nearly four decades of torment after Helen’s death in 1977.
Killer Angus Sinclair was last year convicted of murdering Helen and her friend, Christine Eadie in 1977. He was sentenced to a minimum of 37 years.
Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said he was saddened by the news.
Mr Mulholland added: “Morain was a lovely man who bore his daughter’s murder with great dignity and forbearance.
“He never gave up hope that one day Helen’s murderer would be brought to justice. I was pleased to play a part in this and that this happened during Morain’s lifetime.
“I know that he promised his late wife that he would do everything in his power to achieve this. He made good on his promise. May he rest in peace.”
Tom Wood, former deputy chief constable with Lothian and Borders Police who worked on the World’s End case, also paid tribute, saying: “Morain was a good man who was filled with incredible courage and dignity.
“In the face of the most awful grief suffered by Morain and his family, you couldn’t fail but be inspired when you met him.
“I had such admiration for the way he conducted himself over all those years.
“The last time I saw him he was in very poor health. I’m very sorry he’s gone but I’m so pleased he saw justice done for his daughter.”
A retired British Telecom sales representative, Morain and his family lived in Coldstream when Helen was born in 1960, before moving to Penicuik and on to Edinburgh.
Morain was honorary president of both Coldstream F.C. and the East of Scotland Football Association.
He served in all of the office bearer roles for the East of Scotland Football Association and represented it on the Council of the Scottish Football Association.
An association spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce our Honorary President, Morain Scott, passed away on Friday evening.
“Morain was a very long standing servant of east of Scotland football and will be sorely missed in our association and league and, of course, at his club Coldstream FC.
“Our thoughts are with Morain’s family at this sad time.”