Man found dead in Lochend is pilot Steven Barrett

A man appeared in Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Julie Bull

A man appeared in Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Julie Bull

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A 27-YEAR-OLD man killed in a Lochend flat over the weekend was an airline pilot, it emerged today.

Flybe pilot Steven Barrett, who was originally from Bridgend in Wales, died in an incident at Lochend Butterfly Way in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Steven Barrett

Steven Barrett

A 23-year-old man has been charged with murder and appeared in court today.

In a statement, Mr Barrett’s family said: “We have all been left utterly devastated and are still in complete shock following Steven’s death.

“Steven was a wonderful and loving brother, son and grandson. His kindness and love of life were apparent to anyone he met and no one

ever had a bad word to say about him.

“He was always there for his family and friends and lit up the world of everyone he knew.”

Mr Barrett was described as passionate about flying and after leaving Swansea University, he joined the RAF in 2007 where he trained to fly

Hawks and won an award for being pilot of the year.

He joined Flybe as a pilot last year and was said to have “a bright and promising future” ahead of him.

“We are extremely grateful for all the kind words and messages of support we have received from those who knew and loved Steven,” the statement added.

Darren McLauchlan, 23, appeared on petition at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today charged with murder.

McLauchlan made a brief appearance in private before Sheriff Paul Arthurson QC. No plea or declaration was made on his behalf and the case was continued for further inquiry. McLauchlan was remanded in custody.