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Thursday, 26 December, 2002, 18:23 GMT

Boy was 'beaten to death'

New Bell's Court in Leith
Police are waiting to interview the boy's mother

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A five-year-old boy who was found dead in an Edinburgh flat was beaten to death with a golf club, a police source has confirmed.

Detectives investigating the death of Brendan Gorrie were waiting to speak to his mother on Thursday.

Alison Gorrie was injured after falling from their second floor flat in Leith.

Police were called to the New Bell's Court flats after the boy's 35-year-old mother was found lying on the pavement outside on Christmas Day at around 0830 GMT.

New Bell's Court in Leith
The police were called out on Christmas morning

She was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

A hospital spokeswoman said she had injuries consistent with someone who has had a fall and that she was in a stable condition.

The post mortem examination into Brendan's death took place on Boxing Day and the results, which have not been revealed, will be passed to the procurator fiscal.

However, BBC Scotland has learned the boy was apparently beaten to death with a golf club.

In a statement issued through Lothian and Borders Police Brendan's father Bruce Gorrie said: "This has been a devastating blow to me and my family.

"The loss of my son Brendan who I love with all my heart and soul is unimaginable.

"I'm still struggling to accept that he is no longer here and I will no longer see him again."

Mr Gorrie, the estranged husband of Alison Gorrie, added that he hoped the family could now be left in peace to grieve.