Friday 24 November 2017

Teen locked up for nine years for stabbing fellow pupil to death during 'biscuits' row

Bailey Gwynne. Family Handout /PA Wire
Bailey Gwynne. Family Handout /PA Wire
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A teenager has been locked up for nine years for stabbing a school pupil to death during a "trivial" row.

Bailey Gwynne, 16, died from a knife wound to the chest at Cults Academy in Aberdeen on October 28 last year.

A 16-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted of culpable homicide last month after a jury at the High Court in Aberdeen ruled against a charge of murder following a five-day trial.

He was also found guilty of two other charges of having a knife and knuckledusters at the school.

At the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday, judge Lady Stacey ordered the killer to be detained for nine years.

Passing sentence, Lady Stacey told the teenager: "If you had not carried a knife, the exchange of insults between you and Bailey Gwynne would have led at worst to a fist fight ... and certainly not loss of life."

Kate Gwynne, whose son, Bailey Gwynne, died from a knife wound to the chest in a fight at Cults Academy in Aberdeen, arrives with his stepfather, John Henderson, at the High Court in Edinburgh. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Kate Gwynne, whose son, Bailey Gwynne, died from a knife wound to the chest in a fight at Cults Academy in Aberdeen, arrives with his stepfather, John Henderson, at the High Court in Edinburgh. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The judge also told him: "Nothing that I can say nor any sentence that I impose will do anything to lessen the grief that Bailey Gwynne's family and friends feel.

"The shock of the death at such a young age was felt in the wider community; nothing I can say or do can alleviate that."

Kate Gwynne, whose son, Bailey Gwynne, died from a knife wound to the chest in a fight at Cults Academy in Aberdeen, arrives with his stepfather, John Henderson, at the High Court in Edinburgh. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Kate Gwynne, whose son, Bailey Gwynne, died from a knife wound to the chest in a fight at Cults Academy in Aberdeen, arrives with his stepfather, John Henderson, at the High Court in Edinburgh. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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