In 1996, a young 19 year old Sougat Mukherjee from India arrived in Glasgow to study at the Glasgow Nautical College near the city centre. Sougat settled quickly into his new life in Scotland. During his time in the city, Sougat focussed mainly on his studies, exploring the surrounding city and holding down several part time jobs in Glasgow restaurants. Sougat’s time in Scotland was relatively peaceful and the student kept himself to himself. After failing aspects of his college course, the decision was made to return home to Mumbai.
On Sougat’s return to India he restarted his studies at university and went on to meet and marry his wife. He started a family and undertook regular travel as part of a successful career in business development.
In the October of 2014, a whole 17 years later, Sougat would realise that his return home to India had caught the attention of police officers who were investigating the death of a 21 year old female in Glasgow. Shockingly, his local police advised him police in Scotland had made him the prime suspect in the girl’s murder.
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Tracey Wylde had struggled through life, having had a troubled upbringing in her early years. At the age of 21, she was at a stage where she was starting to turn things around for herself. She had a young child and was attending support groups to help battle her drug addiction. Friends described her as fun loving, popular and well spirited.
On the evening of the 23rd of November 1997, Tracey Wylde left her home in the Barmulloch housing estate in the north of Glasgow. She was heading for work in the city centre and was last spotted on CCTV at 0330 in the early hours of the following morning. Later that same day, Tracey failed to attend a support group appointment which caused some concern for friends. They visited her flat and could see that the door of her veranda had been left open. Neighbours were sent to check in on Tracey at the flat and made the sad discovery of Tracey’s dead body behind the door of her bedroom.