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Steven Barrett pilot murder: Police appeal for taxi driver help

Steven Barrett
Image caption Steven Barrett was in the RAF until recently

Police are appealing for a taxi driver to come forward to help with the murder investigation of an Edinburgh pilot.

Steven Barrett, 27, who was a Flybe first officer working out of Edinburgh Airport, was found in Lochend Butterfly Way in the early hours of Saturday.

Officers are keen to trace a taxi driver who may have information relevant to the investigation.

Darren McLauchlan, 23, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday charged with Mr Barrett's murder.

Mr McLauchlan made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further inquiry. He was remanded in custody.

The taxi driver police want to speak to picked up two men and a woman from George Street just after midnight and into the early hours of Saturday and travelled to a takeaway just opposite the Playhouse Theatre before dropping the trio off at Lochend Butterfly Way.

Image caption The taxi driver dropped Steven Barrett off at Lochend Butterfly Way

Det Sgt Stuart Wilson, of Police Scotland, said: "At this time we do not know if the three individuals were picked up by a private hire vehicle, or by a taxi cab.

"As such, we are asking any driver who remembers taking this fare to contact police immediately and assist with our enquiries."

Mr Barrett was originally from Bridgend in Wales and had just left the RAF.

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