South Scotland

Hawick teenager Dean Rippon appears on murder charge

A teenager has made a court appearance in private charged with the murder of a 43-year-old man in the Borders.

Dean Rippon, 19, of Hawick, is accused of murdering Christopher Swailes at a house in the town's Liddesdale Road on Monday.

He made no plea or declaration when he appeared on petition at Duns Sheriff Court and the case was continued for further examination.

He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Donald Corke.

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