A MAN has appeared in court charged with murdering a teenager at a property in Helensburgh last summer.

Kevin Murray is accused of killing 19-year-old Kirk Allan, from Rhu, at an address in Johnson Court on July 25 last year.

Murray, 33, denies a charge of murder.

At a hearing before judge Lady Stacey at the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday, Tony Graham QC, defending, offered a guilty plea on Murray’s behalf to the reduced allegation of culpable homicide.

But this was rejected by Ashley Edwards QC, representing the Crown.

No trial date was fixed at Tuesday’s hearing; Lady Stacey instead adjourned the case until a further procedural hearing in June.

An online fund-raiser set up to support Kirk’s family collected more than £15,000 in just a few days following the teenager’s death, while tributes to Kirk and messages of support for his family flooded in alongside donations from all around the world.

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