A Dundee man who died more than a year ago after being discovered lying seriously injured in the garden of a city flat will be buried next week.
John Mottram’s brother Paul, 66, said today that the family were relieved that they were finally going to be able to lay him to rest.
However, Mr Mottram, from Montrose, said he was still looking for answers about how his brother died.
He added that he still believed he had been murdered.
Mr Mottram said: “Finally, after more than a year, we are going to be able to give John a funeral.
“It has been a long time coming but the police have now agreed to release his body so we can bury him.
“This move is welcomed by the family and his friends. It will give closure to be able to lay John to rest.
“We are still looking for answers as to how John died.
“I don’t believe to this day that he took his own life and I firmly believe he was murdered.
“However, we have agreed to let the police do their job and let the process run in the hope that they come up with an explanation.”
John, 50, was found seriously injured in a garden on Dens Road on July 27 last year.
Just 48 hours later, the wheelchair user died of multiple injuries and blunt force trauma caused when he plunged from a second-storey window.
Police treated his death as “unexplained” and launched an investigation but, on the anniversary of his death, Paul said the family were upset that they were no closer to getting to the truth about the tragedy.
He told the Tele: “As a result of the fall, John sustained severe brain damage and broken ribs. He also suffered massive internal bleeding.
“He didn’t fall out of that window himself and I’m sure he wasn’t suicidal – someone else did this to him.
“I have also heard from police officers who said they share my belief.”
Just weeks before his death, the Tele highlighted John’s plea for help to find a home as he was living in temporary accommodation at the Lily Walker Centre after leaving hospital following surgery to remove his leg.
He told of his fears he would be “homeless for life” as he was unable to secure a tenancy on a ground floor flat.
He was found badly injured and unconscious on Dens Road two months later.
John had struggled with drug addiction but had pledged to turn his life around after losing a leg due to a blood clot.
Detective Inspector Brian Geddes, who is in charge of the investigation into his death, urged anyone with any information to come forward.
He said: “The investigation into the death of John Mottram has been complex and challenging, and there remains a continued drive to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion in the near future.
“I would like to thank the many people who have come forward with information and spoken to officers. This remains a live, ongoing investigation.
“I would still like to hear from anyone who has information regarding the incident, and urge them to contact us.”
The funeral will be held at Birkhill Cemetery on Tuesday.