Family 'devastated' by loss of father-of-two as teen charged with murder

Scott Mitchell was pronounced dead in the town of Alness in the Highlands.

Family ‘devastated’ by loss of father-of-two as teen charged with murder in Alness Police Scotland

The “devastated” family of a father-of-two have paid tribute to him as a police investigation continues.

A 15-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with the murder of Scott Mitchell in the Highland town of Alness.

The 48-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after police were called to a report of a disturbance in Milnafua, at around 12.30am on Saturday.

“Scott was a family man, father of two, son, uncle and great uncle to his family and loved by all that knew him,” his family said in a statement.

Police received a report of a disturbance in Milnafua, Alness, at around 12.30am on Saturday.JasperImage

“The family are devastated at the senseless loss of Scott.

“Scott loved the outdoors and was a keen runner, golfer and cyclist who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

A teenager was arrested and was reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the death.

The boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, appeared at court on Monday charged with murder.

He made no plea and was committed for further examination and released on bail.

Police Scotland said officers have been carrying out extensive enquiries since the incident was reported and they remain ongoing.

Detective chief inspector Craig Still said: “This was an isolated incident and there was no risk to the wider public.

“Officers will be carrying out additional patrols in the area and members of the public are encouraged to speak to a police officer if they have any concerns.”

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