16-year-old sentenced for killing schoolboy Bailey Gwynne


A teenager who stabbed to death schoolboy Bailey Gwynne is due to be sentenced.

The 16-year-old died from a knife wound to the chest in a fight at Cults Academy in Aberdeen in October 2015. 

A youth, also aged 16, was convicted of killing him following a five-day trial at the city's high court last month.

The teenage boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted fatally stabbing Bailey but had denied murder.

A jury took less than two hours to convict him of the lesser charge of culpable homicide and he was also found guilty of two other charges of having a knife and knuckledusters at the school.

He is being held in custody and will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.

During evidence, it emerged that Bailey - a hard-working fifth year pupil with four young brothers - suffered a major loss of blood after receiving the single stab wound to the heart.

The court heard that on the day he was stabbed, he was in a corridor with a group of boys and after refusing a second biscuit to one, he made a remark about him getting fatter.

Accounts of the fight differed between witnesses but the jury heard Bailey, who was on his way out of the corridor, turned round and squared up to the youth after he made a comment about his mother.

They both were said to have thrown punches and two onlookers said Bailey had him in a headlock before the youth pulled out a knife.

A post-mortem examination revealed Bailey died as a result of a ''penetrating stab-force injury to the chest'' which went directly into the heart.

The killer told police as he was handcuffed ''it was just a moment of anger''. He later told officers: ''I didn't mean to but I stabbed him.''