Triple shooting is a case when life should mean life

It is 26 years since callous killer Andrew Walker shot dead three comrades in cold blood. His victims included young dad Johnnie Thomson, a 25-year-old KOSB private from Galashiels, and retired army major, Kelso-born David Cunningham. They died alongside Staff Sergeant Terence Hosker from Bradford.

Walker, a corporal in the Royal Scots, hijacked their Army Land Rover as they returned to Glencorse Barracks after collecting payroll from a bank in Penicuik.

Walker was later sentenced to life with a minimum of 30 years. That was reduced to 27 in 2002. He could be paroled next year.

It’s now known that for the past 18 months he has been in a private ward at Wishaw Hospital after suffering a stroke. Private Thomson’s sister says he should be returned to jail and stay there until he dies.

It is hard to disagree with her sentiments – particularly when you look at Walker’s terrible crime and his continued lack of remorse.

Those who attended the High Court in Edinburgh back in 1985 will never forget the sheer enormity of his actions. For a paltry haul of £19,000 – which was never recovered – he shot and injured one man in the Land Rover and then, on a snow-covered track near Flotterstone in the Pentland Hills, he executed all three. He lined them up and took away their lives with a rifle which he had drawn from his barracks in Edinburgh. He then cooly cleaned the weapon and returned it to the armoury.

But he was caught and locked up. Now he is ill and in hospital, and will soon be considered for release.

Private Thomson’s sister is correct – this killer should never be freed, no matter what his medical condition.