Man in court over murder of grandfather

A MAN has appeared in court accused of murdering a grandfather by stabbing him to death in the street.

Gary McMillan, 44, was found dead in Dundee’s Lawton Terrace around 2.25am on Tuesday following reports of an incident in the street.

Arran Fender, 31, of Kinneff Crescent, Dundee, appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court charged with his murder.

It is alleged that on May 16 at the junction of Lawton Road and Lawton Terrace, Dundee, Fender repeatedly struck Mr McMillan on the body with a knife and did murder him.

Fender made no plea or declaration during a brief private hearing.

Solicitor Andy Lyall, for Fender, made no application for bail.

The case was continued for further examination and Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown remanded him in custody meantime.

Fender is due back in court next week.

A huge cordon was thrown up in Lawton Terrace, Byron Street and Lawton Road on Tuesday as a major investigation began.

Uniformed officers stood guard at the edges of the cordon with only residents being allowed access to their properties.

Police said they were called to the scene around 2.25am on Tuesday and that the man had been pronounced dead at the scene by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Friends of Mr McMillan paid tribute to him on Facebook.

Jamie Docherty said: “Absolutely devastated. I saved your life once and I just wish I was there to save your life again.

“You weren’t just a cousin to me and Stevie but we called you uncle Gary from the start and always will.

“You were always there for us when we needed you the most and I can never thank you enough for that, I’ll love you loads forever and will never forget you.

“Rest in peace uncle Gary I’m gonna miss you so much.”

Rebekah Hamilton added: “Absolutely devastated Gary, such a kind caring guy you will be so sadly missed! Forever and ever in our memories, fly high mate.”

Ryzie Petrie wrote: “Such sad news mate. You are a good guy Gary McMillan. Take care up there.”

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