Innocent Irishman serving life.
Brendan is now 40 years old,he was 34 years old in 2003 when he was first charged with the murder of Margaret Irvine, 2003 was a year that was to be a year that changed Brendan's life forever. In April his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. With Brendan being the closest sibling to his mother this came with a great blow to him the fact he was always visiting his mother and doing things for her in the garden and around the house. As a result Brendan was finding it hard to cope with his mothers health fading fast and he became depressed and split with his girlfriend the mother of his 2 children. On October 31st 2003 Brendan was to receive yet more bad news he was charged with the murder of a 91 year old lady whom he had never seen before in his life. All that Brendan knew about Mrs Irvine was what we heard on the radio that a 91 year old woman from Galston had been murdered and that police had launched a murder hunt. Brendan's words after he had heard this on the radio was the coppers will get whoever did it. When he said those words he was sincere because his mother was living alone and this could of been anyone's mother that had been murdered. Brendan was remanded when his mother died on November 24th 2003 and knew nothing of her Death.
Brendan Dixon was born in Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry on 28th November 1968.
He was one of five children in his family.
He grew up 3 miles outside Derry city in a place called Ardmore, near the River Faughan, where he had spent many happy days fishing and hanging around with his friends.
He grew up there and went to Ardmore primary school, and then he went onto high school at St Brecan’s Boys School.
Brendan like many kids did not like school much.
He struggled a little with learning to read and write.
He was always a happy boy and a nice child. Brendan was full of life and fun.
He was never in trouble at school. Anyone who met him liked him and still does.
He is one of those people who would never pass you on the street, he always said hello to everyone.
His friends still talk about the craic they had back then.
He still has family in Ireland and his Irish roots go back to Gweedore, Co Donegal.
Brendan moved to Scotland after his father died when he was 15 years old.
He stayed in a rough estate in Kilmarnock called Longpark, where he began hanging around with the wrong crowd and started being a petty thief.
He had trouble with the local police for petty crime.
Brendan fell in love and two sons were born. Young Brendan who is disabled and needs respite care quite a lot.
His other son is Connor, who went everywhere with Brendan on his bike.
He loves his two kids so much.
Life took a turn for the worse for Brendan when he and his girlfriend split up and she stopped him seeing his two children.
Soon after this, Brendan was arrested on a murder charge. A murder for which there was no evidence of his involvement. (circumstantial hearsay evidence only)
He had a loving and caring Mother called Bridie.
He was a good caring son to his mother. She had a good son in him and she knew it. She loved it when he visited her.
Brendan has a very supportive family and friends, not just in Ireland but in Scotland too.
Brendan does not read or write very well but he makes up for it in other ways. He doesn’t let it hold him back from getting on with life.
He is well known amongst the neighbours for helping the elderly and others with odd jobs, both in Ireland and Scotland.
He was the kind of guy who would give you his last, and often would give money to the homeless, since he felt that they needed it more than he did.
He felt lucky to live with his sister Marie and her family.
Brendan would spend his days fixing up bikes and would look around dumps and skips to get bits and pieces to fix up. He enjoyed being outdoors and would spend hours on end doing this stuff. He would go on long bike rides after he fixed them up.
Even in prison he is well liked and people in there know he is an innocent man.
He misses Ireland but grew to love Scotland and its friendly people.
His family, friends and supporters know that Brendan is innocent of this crime he was convicted of and will continue to fight for his release.
Brendan himself wants to continue to fight and find who really killed Mrs Irvine and for justice not just for himself but for Mrs Irvine too. Brendan feels very strongly about this.
Brendan is willing to take a lie detector in this case to prove that he was not involved in anyway with the murder of Mrs Irvine.
We realise that lie detector results would not be admissible in court but it would prove to everyone else that yes he is indeed an innocent man.
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