Murder suspect's sister describes how he turned up on her doorstep
THE sister of wanted murder suspect Gary Finlay today described her shock after her brother turned up on her doorstep.
After a six-week manhunt, the 46-year-old arrived at Julie Finlay’s house at 5.30am yesterday.
He said he had “had enough” and wanted to hand himself in to police.
He said throughout the search, he was sleeping rough in Liverpool after taking a ferry from Wirral.
Finlay, of Birkenhead, was wanted for questioning over the January 10 murder of former soldier Graham McKenna, 45, in Upton Road, Claughton, and the attempted murder of Mr McKenna’s 14-year-old son Michael.
The pair were ambushed by a man carrying a knife 250 yards from their home as they walked to a bus stop on their way to an Everton match.
The attack sparked a national manhunt, with the search spreading as far as Cornwall.
Ms Finlay, 48, a part-time hairdresser, said: “He looked awful, very thin with a grey beard and a grey Oxfam coat. He had a bag with a few things in it.
“He said: ‘I have come to hand myself in, will you come with me?’
“I said ‘yes’, but I could not go on my own with him because I was in shock so we went to my sister’s to take him.
“He had a cup of coffee and a cigarette and we went to Birkenhead police station.
“In the car, he said he had been living rough in Liverpool and only came back to Wirral this week.
“Gary said early on, he thought he was going to die because of the cold weather and he had just £7 left.
“He said he used shops without any trouble.
“We rang the bell at the police station and the officer said we had to wait for someone to come down.
“Gary told the officer he wanted to hand himself in and the officer said ‘who are you?’
“He went in and two other policemen came out of a side door to take him away.
“I was crying and was told to wait because we would be interviewed.”
Officers took the sisters’ phones and retained them last night.
Brother Paul Finlay, 55, said: “I hope I can see him and at least try to support him – he is still family. We have had a lot of worries and it has been hard on our mum. We thought he was gone a long time.
“I do not know what he was thinking. He must have decided he could not run and hide any more.
“It is odd to think all this time he was here. Someone said to me ‘I see they got Gary’, but that is not true - he handed himself in.”
Gary Finlay was arrested yesterday at around 11am and was facing a second day of questioning today. THE ECHO