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Teenager killed ex-footballer in New Year's Day attack

Shaun Woodburn suffered a head injury in the attack by the 17-year-old boy and later died.

Shaun Woodburn: The 30-year-old played for Bonnyrigg Rose.
Shaun Woodburn: The 30-year-old played for Bonnyrigg Rose.

A teenager has been convicted of killing a former junior footballer during a "campaign of violence" across Edinburgh on New Year's Day.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked Shaun Woodburn outside a pub in Edinburgh in the early hours of Sunday, January 1.

Mr Woodburn, 30, suffered a serious head injury in the attack and died in hospital later that day.

The teenager, along with his friend Mohammed Zakariyah, committed several other assaults on the same night against innocent members of the public, who were targeted at random.

At Dunfermline High Court on Thursday, the 17-year-old was convicted of culpable homicide and several assaults.

Zakariyah, 18, admitted two assaults and a breach of the peace.

'He was out celebrating the New Year when his life was sadly taken from him.'
Set insp Stuart Alexander

A fortnight-long trial was shown footage of a mass brawl spilling out on the street in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Violence escalated outside Gladstones Bar in Leith, with reports of bricks being thrown and men using pool cues as weapons.

Three people were initially accused of murder but the charge was dropped against two of them and jurors returned the lesser verdict of culpable homicide in relation to the 17-year-old.

The teenagers' assaults began on Warrender Park Road in Marchmont before moving to nearby Alvanley Terrace and Bruntsfield Links.

They then travelled to Great Junction Street and Mill Lane in Leith, where the fatal attack took place.

Police said the pair "conducted a campaign of violence throughout Edinburgh", which culminated in the death of Mr Woodburn, a former junior footballer with Bonnyrigg Rose.

Detective inspector Stuart Alexander, of the major investigation team, said: "My thoughts are with Shaun's family at this traumatic time for them.

"They have had to endure the process of a trial and not only hear horrific details but see some harrowing footage of what happened to their loved one that night.

"He was out celebrating the New Year when his life was sadly taken from him."

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Other victims were left seriously injured by the teenagers.

Mr Alexander said: "On a night when the majority of the country were out celebrating and having fun to bring in the New Year these boys went on the rampage, committing a significant number of random and unprovoked serious assaults on innocent members of the public in different areas of the city.

"Some of these victims were seriously injured and left with permanent disfigurements.

"They required hospital and dental treatment and were extremely traumatised by these incidents."

He added: "Police Scotland is committed to bringing these type of offenders to justice and will continue to work tirelessly to prevent people like this bringing fear to our communities.

"I hope that the fact this young man has now been found guilty of culpable homicide and the other assaults can help Shaun's family have some sort of closure and the other victims and their families can see that justice has been done."

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