John Robert FRATER

Male 1977 - 1994  (17 years)

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  • Name John Robert FRATER 
    Born 1977  Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID A4718A1FF9ED403993999A5A7A077FED2A67 
    Died 26 Dec 1994 
    Cause: Stab Wound to the Chest. 
    Person ID I24034  The Path to Our Future
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2018 

    Father Living 
    Mother Living 
    Family ID F7888  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. Living
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F7901  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Medical):?b?Christmas celebrations ended with fatal knife attack, court told?/b?
      A FATHER told a murder trial yesterday of a happy Christmas Day dinner
      party which was followed by tragedy.
      Mr John Frater, 42, said the family gathering was the last time he saw
      his 17-year-old son John, a Borders rugby player, alive.
      Mr Frater, of Priors Meadow, Jedburgh, said that hours later he was
      roused from his bed by police who told him John was dead.
      Mr Frater was giving evidence at the opening of the trial of Mr Kevin
      Maxwell, 31, who denies murdering Mr John Frater, of Priors Meadow,
      Jedburgh, in Crown Lane, Jedburgh, by stabbing him with a knife.
      Mr Maxwell, described as a prisoner, also denies attacking Mr Steven
      Frater, 16, brother of the deceased, by striking him with a knife to his
      Mr Frater told the High Court in Edinburgh that John was the eldest of
      four children. The family, including John and Steven, went to their
      grandmother's home for Christmas dinner.
      Mr Frater said: ''The last time I saw John was in his grandmother's
      house at Christmas dinner -- December 25. He left there at six in the
      evening. He was going to get changed and go out with his girlfriend. He
      had brought a change of clothes with him.''
      Mr Frater said John had only two glasses of wine at the dinner.
      He added: ''He seemed all right, the last time I saw him.''
      About 1.30am on December 26, Mr Frater said police officers came to
      the house and told him his son was dead.
      He said he then went to the mortuary in Edinburgh and identified his
      son's body.
      He said ''John's main hobby was rugby, he was a fit, healthy boy who
      never took drugs.''
      Later, Steven Frater told the court that he was walking with his
      girlfriend Lesley Short in High Street, Jedburgh, after the Christmas
      dinner. His brother John and a friend were walking ahead of them.
      He said that as he walked past a close, a man standing in the entrance
      made a remark about Lesley.
      The man, who he identified in court as Mr Maxwell, came out and put
      his hand behind his back. He said that he thought Mr Maxwell was going
      for a knife and he smashed a bottle of vodka over Mr Maxwell's head.
      He said Mr Maxwell later caught up with the group and at first just
      walked behind them. However, when they turned into Crown Lane, Mr
      Maxwell became aggressive and demanded to know why he had been hit over
      the head with the bottle.
      Steven told the court he became frightened when Mr Maxwell again
      reached behind his back, so he head-butted Mr Maxwell.
      He added: ''Mr Maxwell got back up and stuck a knife into my brother's
      The trial before Lord Milligan continues. [1]

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