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Boy admits killing Euan Craig, 14, at Rosshall Academy

Euan Craig
Image caption Euan Craig died after being attacked at Rosshall Academy

A teenager has admitted killing a boy who died after being attacked in the gym hall of a Glasgow school.

Euan Craig, 14, suffered serious head injuries after being punched at Rosshall Academy, Crookston, on 23 May. He died in hospital the following day.

At the High Court in Glasgow, a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide.

Sentence on the teenager was deferred until next month.

Prosecutor John Scullion told the court that Euan was a third-year pupil at the school.

Hit by ball

He and his friends had been playing with a sponge ball while waiting for their teacher to arrive for a PE class.

Mr Scullion said the teenagers were described as "messing around and having fun".

The killer entered the gym as Euan picked up the ball and threw it at a friend.

However, it missed the other boy and struck the accused on the side of the face.

He then yelled and swore at Euan, asking what he was doing.

Mr Scullion told how the 14-year-old strode towards Euan, who immediately apologised.

The prosecutor went on: "The accused punched the deceased approximately five times to the left side of the head.

"The deceased tried to back away and tried to block the punches by covering his face.

"During the attack, the deceased continued to apologise saying: 'Sorry, I didn't mean it. It was an accident'."

The accused eventually stopped and walked out of the gym hall.

Euan then went over to sit beside other pupils, where he repeated that what had happened with the ball was an accident.

Brain bleeding

The schoolboy then suddenly slumped from the bench and started to suffer a seizure.

A teacher raced over to help, but Euan did not respond.

A 999 call was made and the teenager was taken to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.

A CT scan revealed he had extensive bleeding on the brain. Euan never recovered and was pronounced dead the next afternoon.

A pathology report concluded that the fatal haemorrhage was caused by Euan being hit on the left side of his face.

Mr Scullion told the court that the blow "need not have been hugely powerful", but forceful enough to cause a "rotation of the head with such unpredictable and devastating consequences".

The advocate depute added the death has had a "devastating impact" on Euan's family.

The killer's QC said what happened that morning was "catastrophic" and that the teenager had displayed "huge remorse" since.

Ian Duguid, defending, added: "He cannot remember acting in such a way before. This was an event that is entirely out of character.

"He comes from a background and a family where there are of comparatively high standards of behaviour and expectations of achievement."

A school report also revealed he was generally well-behaved and he was described as "quiet or reserved".

He has been banned from going near Rosshall Academy since he made his first court appearance in May this year.

'Bereft family'

Lord Bracadale allowed him to remain on bail and deferred sentencing until 23 November at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The judge told the 14-year-old: "You have pled guilty to killing Euan Craig.

"Whatever the sentence for you, it will not bring back Euan Craig. His bereft family have to live with the loss of a boy who was violently and untimely taken.

"I will continue bail, but you must return to court in the expectation that a custodial sentence is the most likely outcome."

Euan's family made no comment as they left the hearing.

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