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Teacher stabbed to death.

A SCHOOLTEACHER has become the 10th murder victim in Scotland in 10 days.

Married father-of-four William Scott, 57, was stabbed to death.

The popular principal teacher in computer studies at Abronhill High School, Cumbernauld, Dunbartonshire, died after an incident just yards from his home.

His body was found hidden in bushes by a woman walking her dog at 7pm on Tuesday night.

Police believe the teacher had died after becoming involved in an argument with another man.

Murder squad detectives immediately cordoned off the area and began an inch-by-inch search of the area for the murder weapon.

Yesterday, his grieving family revealed Mr Scott, who was also a guidance teacher, lost a son Barry, 26, after a long fight against cancer seven years ago. Relatives were said to be unable to accept the tragic death of mild-mannered Mr Scott, who was described as a "first class loving father".

The dead man's brother-in-law Jack Henderson 55, said: "His wife Jean 54, and surviving twins Trevor and Tracy, both 29, and son Gordon,12, are in complete shock."

Trevor, an alarm engineer from Cumbernauld, was close to tears as he spoke lovingly about his dad.

He said: "We just can't understand it. We are all very upset, its hard to put into words how everyone is feeling."

Mr Henderson added: "This is totally alien to the family.

Bill had never been in trouble or involved in any hassles before.

"He lived for his family and was looking forward to retirement - he would have been 58 this Boxing Day.

"He was well known and liked here.

"He was secretary of Condorrat Social Club."

Margaret McCallum, head teacher of the school, said: "Bill was very highly thought of by staff and pupils and we were all very much saddened by his death.

"We were clearly quite devastated by his death and were concerned pupils would read about it or hear about it during their lunchtime break so we called them together at assembly and told them a member of staff had died.

"At the time the police had not officially named Bill as the victim so we did not tell them who it was or how he died.

"They were very upset. He worked here for 17 years.

"Bill started his career in Albert Secondary School, Glasgow, before moving on to Riverside Secondary School and although he started off in technical education, he has taught computing since 1982.

"His contribution over the years was great and he had developed close relationships with many colleagues and pupils.

"Bill had many talents. He was a generous man and a Country and Western fan.

"He was an expert at line dances and a stalwart supporter of the school, especially on trips abroad with the pupils in which he was a regular participant.

"Bill was a computing expert, a person we had come to rely on for support and advice."

The local community was stunned by his death.

A local woman, who did not want to be identified, said: "He was a popular man around here and we are mystified by his death."

Last night, a police spokesman said: "We are appealing for anyone who witnessed anything in the area of Lomond Drive at about 7.05 on Tuesday night, to contact Cumbernauld CID."

A 29 year old man is expected to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court today in connection with the case today.
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