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Schoolboy jailed for killing footballer on New Year's Day

Shaun Woodburn, 30, died following a brawl outside Gladstone's Bar in Edinburgh.

Footballer: Shaun Woodburn played for Bonnyrigg Rose.
Footballer: Shaun Woodburn played for Bonnyrigg Rose.

A schoolboy who killed a junior footballer outside a bar has been jailed for four years.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, punched Shaun Woodburn, 30, who later died after suffering huge head injuries.

The youth had earlier attacked strangers who had been celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh last December 31.

His actions sparked a brawl outside Gladstone's Bar in Leith, which led to Mr Woodburn, a former Bonnyrigg Rose FC player, being fatally injured in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The killer was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday, having been convicted of culpable homicide.

He had originally faced a murder accusation during a trial in Dunfermline.

The court heard the teenager had come to police "attention" between 2014 and 2016 before taking part in "offence-focused work".

He had also been thrown out of his school months before the attack.

Lady Stacey described this "history" of behaviour as "worrying".

The judge told him: "Shaun Woodburn's family will never be the same again - perhaps most poignantly a young daughter who has been deprived of his father.

"You have to live the rest of your life with the knowledge of this young man's death."

The teenager will also be supervised for a further 18 months after his release.

He had denied causing the death but did admit assaulting five other people in Edinburgh that night.

Co-accused Mohammed Zakariyah, 19, was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.

He had pleaded guilty to two assaults and a breach of the peace in connection with that night.

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