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TEEN IN DOCK OVER DEATH OF MHARI,15; Accused makes no plea on homicide charge.

Byline: ALAN MCEWEN alan.mcewen@reachplc.com

A TEENAGER appeared in court yesterday charged with the killing of a 15-year-old girl found dead at a Scots beauty spot.

The body of tragic Mhari O'Neill was discovered on Edinburgh's Calton Hill on December 8. Ewan Fulton, 18, of Livingston, appeared at the city's sheriff court, where he was charged with culpable homicide.

He made no plea and was granted bail.

Mhari's body was discovered by a passerby at 6.30am after being reported missing only hours earlier.

Police and paramedics were called but the teenager, who had never gone missing before, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Inspector Susan Balfour, who is leading the investigation into Mhari's death, said: "Our sympathies remain with Mhari's family at this time. We will now begin the work to prepare this case for court. I would like to thank all members of the public who came forward with information to assist the investigation."

Family and friends paid tribute to the teenager, who lived in the city's Willowbrae area, following her death.

In a statement, her family said: "Mhari was much-loved by all who knew her and we know that her passing will have a profound impact on her closest friends, as it has ourselves.

"Mhari was considering applying to attend university and one of her main passions was music. She loved going to gigs."

Ruth McKay, headteacher at Portobello High School, where Mhari was a pupil, said: "Mhari's bubbly, outgoing nature and ready smile will be much missed."

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