FRIENDS and family have paid tribute after a dad-of-one died when he was allegedly stabbed following a disturbance in a pub car park.
Craig Essen, 28, died following the incident at the Rowan Tree Pub in Mayfield, Dalkeith, on Sunday night.
It is believed that a second man was transferred to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to undergo treatment after suffering injuries.
Police last night charged a 20-year-old man with murder. He is expected to make an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.
The pub and a nearby Coral bookmakers remained cordoned off yesterday and white-suited forensic officers were seen carrying out an investigation at the site.
Numerous tribute bouquets have been laid at the entrance to the well-known Eskview Road pub.
And friends and family of the deceased have posted messges on social networking sites about the former Newbattle High School pupil.
Rachael McIntosh took to Twitter and posted: “I still can’t believe it. Taken so young and having to leave a beautiful little boy behind. Such a shame, RIP Craig you were such a nice guy.”
This was echoed by Kev Golder, who tweeted: “RIP Craig one of the most genuine nicest people I had the pleasure of being able to call a friend.
“Horrible world full of horrible people.”
On Facebook, Craig’s cousin, Kieran Essen wrote: “Having a drink for you tonight, don’t know what else to do. I could be isolating myself but I want to focus on your life what you lived.
“Not how you have been taken away so young and in a horrible way.
“You are my family, we share the same blood. You were and always will be my cousin. Can’t stop crying.”
Facebook photos show the keep-fit enthusiast posing with his top off – and a youngster standing proudly next to a Lamborghini sports car.
In a statement released last night, Police Scotland said: “Following inquiries regarding the death of a 28-year-old man after a disturbance in Mayfield, Dalkeith, on the evening of Sunday, November 24, Police Scotland can confirm a 20-year-old male has been arrested and charged with murder.”