A teenager accused of murdering schoolboy Bailey Gwynne is to launch a bid to be freed on bail.
The 16-year-old – who can not be named for legal reasons – appeared in private for a second time at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday accused of killing the Cults Academy pupil on October 28.
It is alleged the youth murdered Bailey by striking him on the body with a knife.
He is also charged with being in possession of a “bladed” weapon and an “offensive weapon” while on the grounds of a school.
He made no plea and was remanded in custody.
During the brief hearing in private yesterday the teenager applied for bail to be allowed home to stay with his family while he awaits his next court appearance.
However, Sheriff John Rafferty dismissed the request and he was remanded in custody. He could remain there for up to 140 days before the case has to go to trial.
Last night the young man’s solicitor, Peter Shepherd, said his legal team was aiming to appeal against the sheriffs decision, given his young age.
He said the bail appeal was likely to be lodged within the next week.
If successful the teenager could be back home with his parents until his case either resolves or goes to trial.
Bailey, who was also 16, was found seriously injured at Cults Academy last Wednesday lunchtime.
Despite desperate efforts by teachers and paramedics to save him the 16-year-old later died at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Hundreds of pupils have since gathered to lay flowers and hand-written notes outside the school.
Bailey was described by friends at his school as a quiet teenager and a fitness enthusiast who had dreams of joining the Royal Marines when he was older.
Cults Academy was closed for two days following the incident as police carried out investigations.
On Monday pupils returned to the school for the first time since Bailey’s death.
His devastated family, who live at Maryculter, have paid tribute to the people of the north-east for the support they have received.
In a statement, his mother Kate Gwynne, 33, and stepfather David Henderson, said: “There are no words. Bailey is our beloved boy and our heart. Our hearts have gone with him.”