Teenager from South London appears in court charged with the murder of a man, 24, in Aberdeenshire
- Alfie Whelan, 19, of Sutton, is accused of the murder of Michael Jenkins
- Mr Jenkins, from Cumbria, died in Fraserburgh’s Watermill Road on Sunday
A teenager appeared in court yesterday charged with the murder of a man in Aberdeenshire.
Michael Jenkins, 24, from Cumbria, died in Fraserburgh’s Watermill Road on Sunday, after police were called to reports of a disturbance at around 6pm.
An air ambulance crew was pictured at the scene after responding to the incident, while officers were seen sealing off the area between Hamilton Road and Gallowhill Terrace.
Alfie Whelan, 19, of Sutton, South London, appeared before Peterhead Sheriff Court on Wednesday accused of Mr Jenkins’ murder.
Mr Whelan also faces two other charges, one under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and one of communicating indecently under the Sexual Offences Scotland Act.
Alfie Whelan (pictured), 19, of Sutton, South London, appeared before Peterhead Sheriff Court on Wednesday accused of Mr Jenkins murder
Mr Whelan also faces two other charges, one under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and one under the Sexual Offences Scotland Act
Mr Jenkins was in the town for work before his death, Police Scotland said.
His brother, who police did not name, paid tribute to the alleged victim.
‘I’d like to tell people the amazing side of Michael, the lad who devoted his time and love to the people he cared for, he would come running whenever you called his name, he would pick you up when you fell, and he was always there to give you a great big cuddle, whenever you needed one,’ he said in the statement.
‘Mike will be missed by so many, a son, a brother, an uncle, a partner, a friend, a grandson, and a friendly smile even to those that didn’t know him.’
Area commander, Chief Inspector Sam Buchan, said after the incident on Sunday: ‘Our thoughts are with the deceased man’s loved ones at this difficult time.
‘We have a dedicated team of officers working on this investigation to establish the full circumstances.
‘I understand this incident will be concerning to people but I would like to reassure everyone, from our enquiries so far, there is no wider risk to the public.
‘A visible police presence will remain in the area over the coming days to reassure everyone and I would urge anyone with concerns or information to speak to any of our officers.’
Mr Whelan was committed for further examination after making no plea and was remanded in custody.
He is expected to make a second court appearance within eight days.
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