A teenager who stabbed a 16-year-old to death in an Aberdeen school has been found guilty of culpable homicide.
Bailey Gwynne died after being stabbed in the heart at Cults Academy last October.
The 16-year-old accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had denied murder.
The jury at the High Court in Aberdeen took an hour and 40 minutes to find him guilty of the lesser charge. Sentence was deferred until 1 April.
Judge Lady Stacey told the accused he would be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh and would be given a custodial sentence.
When an ordinary school day turned to horror
Det Supt David McLaren, of Police Scotland, said: “The death of Bailey Gwynne has had a massive impact on his family, friends, fellow pupils and staff at Cults Academy. The details of this case have caused shock within the local community and further afield across the whole of the country.
“The investigation into Bailey’s death involved officers from the local policing division and from national specialist units. Whilst the circumstances around Bailey being killed are relatively uncomplicated, it is still difficult to comprehend that he died at school at the hands of a fellow school pupil.
“It is the senseless decision to take a knife into a school setting that has undoubtedly led to Bailey’s death. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those pupils and teachers who tried their very best to save Bailey’s life but as we have heard during the trial, he was beyond saving.
He added: “Those teachers and pupils have shown incredible strength over the last week whilst giving evidence during this trial.
“Finally, I’d like to pay tribute to Bailey’s family. Today won’t bring their son back, the pain of not having Bailey around will last for a very long time.
“Throughout their ordeal they have conducted themselves …read more
Source:: BBC UK