Identity of Bailey Gwynne knife killer is revealed


The teenager who stabbed a school pupil to death with a knife he bought online can today be named as Daniel Stroud.

The identity of the youth who killed 16-year-old Bailey Gwynne can finally be revealed as he turns 18 today, Tuesday September 5.

Bailey was attacked after a "silly argument" at Cults Academy in Aberdeen on October 28, 2015.

Stroud was detained for nine years by a judge at the High Court in Edinburgh in April last year after he was found guilty of culpable homicide and carrying weapons following a trial.

The trial at the High Court in Aberdeen heard the knife used in the stabbing had been bought online, without the killer having to prove his age.

Bailey, a fifth-year pupil with four younger brothers, died from bleeding caused by a single stab wound to the heart during a fight in his lunch hour.

In a statement released on the first anniversary of Bailey's death his family said: "It is through remembering all of the beautiful qualities that make Bailey such a special boy to us that we will find a path forward.

"A boy with dearly held dreams, with a gentle heart, comic timing and an astronomical appetite. Our beloved boy who we were blessed to have for those sixteen years and is still the cherished centre of his family.

"As a family we will always strive to be a credit to Bailey in the very same way that he is to us. We couldn't have asked any more of him.

"Our true gent and our beautiful boy. We're proud of you, Bailey boy."

An independent review, led by child protection expert Andrew Lowe, found Bailey's death might have been avoided if those who knew his killer carried weapons had reported it to staff.

Announcing his findings in October last year, Mr Lowe made 21 recommendations, including calling on the Scottish Government to consider changing the law to give teachers more power to search pupils.

The Scottish Government said in January that it will not change the law to give teachers more power to search pupils.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said that giving teachers such powers would place them on the same footing as police officers which would radically change the teacher/pupil relationship, and potentially damage the school ethos and commitment to positive relationships that currently exists in Scottish schools.