A teenager has admitted killing Cults Academy pupil Bailey Gwynne.
The youth - who cannot be named for legal reasons - today faced a charge of murdering Bailey, 16, at Aberdeen’s Cults Academy on October 28 last year.
His lawyer David Moggach entered a guiutly plea to the reduced allegation of culpable homicide during a hearing at the High Court in Galsgow.
Prosecutor Alex Prentice QC said: “The Crown declines to accept that offer of guilty to the culpable homicide charge and will proceed to the murder charge.”
It means the 16-year-old will appear at the High Court in Aberdeen next week to stand trial for murder, which he denies.
The teenager - who appeared in the dock today wearing a grey sweater and denims - also faces two other charges.
He is alleged to have had knives or “bladed instrumnets” as well as two knuckledusters at a school “without reasonable excuse of lawful authority”.
These two offences are said to have occurred on “various occasions” between August 1, 2013 and the day of the alleged murder.
He also denies these accusations.
The hearing was told up to 16 child witnesses could give evidence.
Judge Lady Scott set a trial due to start on March 1. The case could last up to five days.