A friend of 16-year-old gay student Jack Frew has been charged with his murder.

Craig Roy, 17, is expected to appear in court today.

Mr Frew was found dead near a cycle path in Mossneuk, East Kilbride, last Thursday at around 7pm. His throat had been cut.

Mr Roy was also injured and was taken to hospital. It is not clear who called police to the scene.

He was arrested last night after officers kept watch at his bedside, the Daily Express reports.

Police have released few details of the circumstances of Mr Frew’s death.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Friday but the officer in charge of the inquiry, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Thomson, has refused to release further details.

Mr Frew, known for his love of acting and singing, was openly gay. A friend speculated he may have been killed because of his sexuality but police have not discussed a possible motive.

He was a student at Duncanrig secondary school in East Kilbride.

Headteacher George Wynne described him as popular and respected, adding: “He is a great loss to our school community. We grieve for him and his family who are in our thoughts as they come to terms with the loss of their son and brother.”