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Murder charge over death of pilot Steven Barrett in Edinburgh

Steven Barrett
Image caption Steven Barrett was in the RAF until recently

A 23-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a pilot at an Edinburgh flat.

Darren McLauchlan, 23, made a brief appearance in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Steven Barrett, 27, who was a Flybe first officer working out of Edinburgh Airport, was found in Lochend Butterfly Way in the early hours of Saturday.

He was originally from Bridgend in Wales and had just left the RAF. Mr McLauchlan was remanded in custody.

No plea or declaration was made on Mr McLauchlan's behalf and the case was continued for further inquiry.

Mr Barrett's family said: "We have all been left utterly devastated and are still in complete shock following Steven's death.

"Steven was a wonderful and loving brother, son and grandson.

"His kindness and love of life were apparent to anyone he met and no one ever had a bad word to say about him.

Image caption Steven Barrett was found in Lochend Butterfly Way

"He was always there for his family and friends and lit up the world of everyone he knew."

The family said Mr Barrett was also "incredibly passionate" about flying and after leaving Swansea University, he joined the RAF in 2007 where he trained to fly Hawks and won a Pilot of the Year award.

He joined the Flybe team as a commercial pilot at the end of 2012.

Simon Charles, Flybe's director of HR, said: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steven's family at this tragic and very sad time.

"Steven was a respected member of the Flybe team and will be missed by all those who worked with him."

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