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Teenager in court charged with murder of Shaun Woodburn

Shaun Woodburn (top right) celebrating East of Scotland cup victory with Bonnyrigg Rose Image copyright Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Image caption Shaun Woodburn (top right) celebrated winning the East of Scotland cup with Bonnyrigg Rose in 2013

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with the murder of a former junior footballer.

Shaun Woodburn, 30, died after a disturbance in Leith early on New Year's Day.

He was described as a "true gentleman" by Bonnyrigg Rose FC, the club he played for until July 2015.

The teenager, from Edinburgh, made no plea when he appeared in private at the city's sheriff court. He was remanded in custody.

He also faced a second charge under the Criminal Justice Licensing (Scotland) Act. He is expected to return to court in about a week.

Another teenager, 18-year-old Mohammed Zakariyah, of Edinburgh, appeared at the petition hearing to face a charge of assault to injury. He was also charged under the Criminal Justice Licensing (Scotland) Act.

'Truly heartbroken'

Zakariyah made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.

Mr Woodburn died in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after suffering serious injuries in an incident in Great Junction Street at around 02:00 on Sunday.

Bonnyrigg Rose said Mr Woodburn joined the the club in February 2012 and he was part of the team which won the East of Scotland Cup in 2013.

In an online post, they said he decided to take a break from football in July 2015 to concentrate on his young family.

Their tribute continued: "He didn't have a bad word to say about anyone and nobody had a bad word to say about him, which makes this all the harder to understand.

"Still only 30 he had his whole young life ahead of him to look forward to. Am sure like many of our supporters who have heard the news over the past 24 hours and who knew Shaun, we are truly heartbroken."

It added: "Our flag is currently flying at half mast at the ground and tributes to Shaun can be laid at our new entrance gates near the dressing rooms."

'Very fine player'

He had also played with Newtongrange Star, Whitehill Welfare and Loanhead Amateurs.

In a post on their Facebook page, Newtongrange Star said Mr Woodburn was a "very fine player" and a "good man".

Det Insp Graham Grant appealed for help from anyone with information which could help the police investigation.

He added: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who has sadly passed away.

"A murder inquiry is now being carried out and there will continue to be a police presence in Leith as we conduct our investigation and provide support to the local community following these tragic events."

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