Man, 43, appears in court charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice over the death of 16-year-old girl who was ‘sexually assaulted’ before her death
A man has today appeared in court charged in connection with the death of tragic Scottish teen Amber Gibson.
Stephen Corrigan, 43, appeared in private via video link at Hamilton Sheriff Court charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Corrigan, of Blantyre, Lanarkshire, made no plea and was committed for trial by Sheriff Andrew McIntyre. He was remanded in custody.
It comes following the death of 16-year-old Amber, who vanished from her home in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, in November last year.
The teenager’s body was discovered near woodland in the town days later on Sunday morning, November 28.
Her brother, Connor Gibson, was arrested. Gibson, also known as Niven, appeared in court last month charged with sexually assaulting and murdering her.
The 19-year-old, of Hamilton, also faces a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Amber Gibson (pictured), 16, was discovered dead in Cadzow Glen in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, last month
Amber had vanished from the Hillhouse area of Hamilton days earlier and had sparked a huge missing person hunt before her body was found days later in woodland on Sunday morning, November 28
Earlier this month Amber’s devastated family shared poignant messages on social media on what would have been her 17th birthday.
One relative said: ‘Happy heavenly 17th birthday gorgeous girl, love you.’
And a friend wrote: ‘Happy birthday angel.’
Amber vanished from the Hillhouse area of Hamilton before her body was found days later in woodland on November 28.
Detectives said her family had been left ‘heartbroken’ by her death.
Dozens of flowers, balloons and candles were placed under a bridge close to where her body was discovered.
The shrine was discovered torched after yobs set fire to a wheelie bin nearby causing the flames to spread.
Her friends held a balloon release for her in nearby Chatelherault Country Park to honour her memory.
Dozens of flowers, balloons and candles have all been placed under a bridge close to where her body was discovered
Police Scotland officers face a probe by a watchdog over their handling of Amber’s disappearance in the lead-up to her death.
The Crown Office instructed the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) to examine efforts made by officers to trace the teenager who was found dead around 200 yards from where she was last seen on Cadzow Street in Hamilton.
PIRC will later hand over their findings to prosecutors.