Tributes to dad who died in pub car park

Craig Essen's family and friends have paid tribute to him. Picture: comp
Craig Essen's family and friends have paid tribute to him. Picture: comp
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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.”