Man arrested over Bonnyrigg mum and son deaths

Police at the scene where a mum and her young son were found dead. 'Picture: Neil Hanna
Police at the scene where a mum and her young son were found dead. 'Picture: Neil Hanna
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A dad was today arrested over the deaths of his wife and two-year-old son after their bodies were discovered at their home in Bonnyrigg on Saturday.

Janet Lockhart and her two-year-old son Michael were found by police on Saturday night.

Husband Gary, 32, was admitted to the ERI under police guard with serious injuries after being found in a nearby house. He is due to appear in court tomorrow.

Police made the grim discovery at South Chesters Lane in Bonnyrigg after they broke down the door to her home at 8.30pm on after a concerned family friend raised the alarm.

Today police revealed her 32-year-old husband Gary, who was taken to hospital after the incident, had been arrested in connection with their deaths. He is expected to be charged with their deaths today and appear in court tomorrow

Officers have refused to say how Janet and Michael died but no-one else is being sought in connection with the incident.

Post mortem examinations have been carried out on the pair and relatives have been informed of the tragedy.

Mrs Lockhart’s parents were too upset to talk about the deaths.

The Lockhart’s were married in 2010 and at the time friends described them as deliriously happy.

They moved into the new housing estate 13 months ago and neighbours and friends also described them as a happy couple who were often seen playing with Michael in the garden of their semi-detached two-storey home.

One neighbour who did not want to be named said Gary had brought him a bottle of wine when he first moved into the area.

Mrs Lockhart was a former psychology student at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University. She recently posted snaps online of Michael doing his Christmas shopping.

Her husband was a keen runner who competed in this year’s Edinburgh Marathon and has posted online videos of himself playing guitar.

Last night tributes to mother and son were posted on Mrs Lockhart’s Facebook page.

Kim Clark wrote: “My dear friend. I am absolutely devastated. No words can describe. Will miss you and love you always and your beautiful baby, my son’s best friend. Always in our thoughts XXX.”

Another said “Heaven has gained two beautiful angels, RIP janet and michael xx.”

Another said: “Thoughts are with Janet and wee Michael’s families.”

Residents at the leafy housing estate spoke of their shock at the tragedy.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said a neighbour had run outside after hearing screams.

Forensic teams were still at the scene and a police cordon remained in place around the quiet cul de sac, which is popular with young families.

Floral tributes from friends and neighbours were handed over to police who laid them outside the door.

Retail manager Ally Craig, 38, lives just yards from the scene with his wife, four year old daughter and six-month-old son.

He said: “It’s absolutely devastating.

“I’d seen the woman outside a few times, carrying shopping from her car with her son, and we had smiled at each other.

“The first I knew about what had happened was when I got home and saw the police tape - I couldn’t believe it.

““This is a really nice estate - a lot of families with young children live around here.

Police officers had been seen checking a nearby burn and underneath a vehicle outside the property.

A car was later taken away for further examination.

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “We got back last night and saw the police outside.

“It’s unbelievably sad - you read about these things in the paper but I can’t believe it has happened on our doorstep.”

A statement from police said officers were continuing to carry out inquiries.

Chief Inspector Colin Brown who is heading the investigation said:”We responded to concern from an acquaintance of the family. Police officers gained entry to the house where two bodies were found within

“A 32-year-old man is currently receiving treatment in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary The man is being treated as a patient, however there are police officers with him in hospital.

“This is a tragic set of circumstances and our thoughts are with the families who have been affected.

He Added: “Bonnyrigg is a close-knit community and our condolences go out to the families involved in this incident

“We are keeping an open mind as to what occurred within this property but I want to reassure members of the local community and neighbours that such incidents are relatively rare and a comprehensive investigation is underway.

“We are grateful to the support we are receiving from the neighbours while we carry out our inquiries.”