Youth charged with murder of East Kilbride schoolboy


A teenager has appeared in court charged with the murder of schoolboy Jack Frew, whose body was found woodland in East Kilbride.

Craig Roy, 17, appeared on petition in private at Hamilton Sheriff Court. He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody for further examination. Floral tributes have been laid at the edge of Mossneuk woods in the town, where the 16-year-old’s body was discovered on Thursday evening. Study leave for senior pupils at Duncanrig Secondary, which Jack attended, has been brought forward.

Classes due to take place on Monday and Tuesday were cancelled.  The school has also said it will offer pupils counselling.

Tribute messages

A message on its website said: “In response to recent events, it has been decided to bring forward study leave for senior pupils. “Study leave will begin with immediate effect and classes for senior pupils will not run on Monday and Tuesday as originally planned. “Any pupils who wish access to counselling should contact their guidance teachers by telephone to make arrangements.”

Friends and classmates, many of them dressed in brightly coloured clothing, have been gathering at the end of the pathway close to where the 16-year-old’s body was found, to lay flowers and look at the tributes already left there.

Police forensic officers are still working in the woodland.  More than 5,000 people have also joined an internet tribute site set up in memory of Jack. Friends and strangers have posted messages and poems on the Facebook page.

Gillian Christie wrote: “Just went to put some flowers down at the path and there were so many people there crying. Just goes to show how much you were loved and by so, so many people.”  Callum Milne posted: “Can’t believe that you’re gone we all miss you so much. The world seems so empty without you and there’s no fun left.

“I have never and never will meet a better person.”

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