Teen convicted of culpable homicide in Bailey Gwynne trial

Undated handout file photo issued by Police Scotland of Bailey Gwynne, as a teenager accused of stabbing to death Bailey at school is going on trial for murder. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 1, 2016. The 16-year-old was fatally injured at Cults Academy in Aberdeen in October last year. See PA story COURTS School. Photo credit should read: Police Scotland/PA Wire

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Undated handout file photo issued by Police Scotland of Bailey Gwynne, as a teenager accused of stabbing to death Bailey at school is going on trial for murder. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 1, 2016. The 16-year-old was fatally injured at Cults Academy in Aberdeen in October last year. See PA story COURTS School. Photo credit should read: Police Scotland/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A 16-year old boy has been found guilty of culpable homicide in the Bailey Gwynne murder trial today.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been cleared of murder.

Following the verdict in the trial into the death of Bailey Gwynne at the High Court in Aberdeen today, Police Scotland has released the following statement:

Detective Superintendent David McLaren, lead officer for the north area of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, 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 the 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, there was nothing anyone could have done to save him. Those teachers and pupils have shown incredible strength over the last week whilst giving evidence during the 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 with the upmost dignity and are a credit to themselves as a family.”