Man charged for murder in Saughton Park

A 47-year-old man has been charged with the murder of the man who was found dying of his injuries in Saughton Park on Saturday.

He is appearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

The police  named the victim as taxi driver Ebrahim Aryaei Nekoo, 41, who was discovered in the east part of the park at about 7.20 am on March 24.

The family and friends of Mr.Nekoo issued a statement through Lothian and Borders Police:

“Ebrahim was a warm and devoted husband who I adored and who was well liked within our close group of friends. Everyone who knew and cared for him is completely shocked and devastated by his death and we are all still trying to come to terms with this tragedy”, Nekoo’s wife Mobina Jafari said.

“His friends and family would like to thank the wider community for their messages of support during what has been a very difficult time for us all.”

“We would all now ask that our privacy is respected while we grieve for the loss of Ebrahim.”

A person walking in the area found his body and tried to help him, but he died from injuries shortly afterwards.

 Lothian and Borders Police have launched a murder inquiry into Mr Nekoo’s death.

 During the weekend, Saughton Park was cordoned off by  police. Officers were manning the area where the victim was found near the junction of Fords Road.

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Local residents were shocked by the news and have raised their concerns on the security in the area.

Saughton is one of the most popular parks in this part of Edinburgh. It consists of a sports club, a few football pitches, a Winter Rose Garden, a play ground and a free skate park for the children. The Water of Leith walkaway is passing by closely.

Sheriff: Take the help I offer or face jail

Edinburgh Sheriff Court

 

By Calum Liddle

A man has been told to “turn his life around” in four weeks by a sheriff, after pleading guilty to nuisance behaviour and threatening neighbours in the Saughton area of Edinburgh.

David Melbourne, 21, of Stenhouse, had a public argument with a man after the sale of his dog fell through.

Melbourne was seen in the area shouting to residents “come and have a go” and threatened to petrol-bomb a flat. Witnesses then saw Melbourne banging on a door in Saughton Mains Terrace shortly after in an “aggressive and highly intimidating manner”, Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard.

Defence agent Marie Stewart said: “The primary witness is Mr Melbournes step-sister. They do not have a good relationship.”

The incident took place some time between 23.00 GMT and 00.30 GMT on Friday 16 October 2009.

Dean Alexander Smith and his brother William Melbourne, who were both with Melbourne during the confrontations, were acquitted of similar charges.

David Melbourne has a previous conviction for assault in April 2009 after affray on a bus. He was ordered to carry out 60 days community.

Sheriff Neil MacKinnon QC ordered background reports in the hope that external agencies can help shift Melbourne from a “life of revolving crime”.

“I am concerned that at just 21-years-old you already have a string of offences.

“You must sort out your life if you wish to avoid a lifetime in-and-out of prison. To do this, you need help.”

“I do not want to punish you. I want to help you. You must accept this help and turn your life around before I see you again.”

The Sheriff told Melbourne to “put the event behind” him.

Sentence has been deferred until 18 December 2009 following background reports.

Trams blamed for mice in chippy

By Gordon Smith

An Edinburgh chip shop owner has blamed the capital’s tramworks for a mice infestation that led to the immediate closure of his premises.

The discovery was made at Carlo Corolla’s Clifton Fish and Chicken Bar in the busy Haymarket area of the city following a routine inspection by food hygiene officials in February this year.

Appearing for sentencing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Corolla, 41, was fined £1200 for the breaches at the Clifton Terrace premises on February 3rd 2009.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court

Edinburgh Sheriff Court: Image Courtesy Deadline Scotland

Corolla of Main Street, West Calder, had previously admitted failing to ensure he kept his premises clean, and failing to ensure materials used for wrapping food were not contaminated.

The court heard a dead mouse had been found in the basement of the chip shop, along with a number of droppings. Tests of ice cream wafers by inspectors were also found to contain rodent urine.

Fiscal depute Sally Clark, told the court that food hygiene officials believed the chip shop posed an “imminent risk to customers health” and as a result, was closed immediately. She added that a boarded up window may have allowed the vermin to enter the building.

Defence agent Jim Grant said: “He has been an operator of a takeaway food business for about six years and three at the present premises, without incident.

“He wasn’t aware that he had any mice in the premises, had he known he would have dealt with matters immediately.

“He regrets the situation and would never knowingly put his customers at risk.”

Speaking last night, Mr Corolla said “The work has disturbed their [the mice] nests and everything. All of the shop owners here complain about the tram works. I have not noticed any loss of business yet, hopefully it will stay that way.”

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