The 28-year-old was discovered on Thursday afternoon critically injured on a street just yards from the historic tourist attraction. Despite the efforts of passers-by and paramedics, Mr Smith was declared dead at the scene. It is believed his injuries were inflicted with a pair of scissors. The incident occurred on Johnston Terrace at around 1.50pm. Yesterday, a senior Police Scotland officer announced that they had charged a 40-year-old man. Detective Inspector Bob Campbell from Edinburgh’s Criminal Investigations Department said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Smith and we have specialist officers providing them with support at this time. “We are satisfied that this was an isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else in connection. The 40-year-old man has been held in police custody to appear before Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday 3rd June.”
Chief Inspector David Robertson, area commander for the city centre, said: “We understand the distress this type of incident can cause to the local community and officers will continue to provide a high visibility presence in the area in the coming days to engage with the public and provide necessary support.
“I would like to thank those members of the public who assisted the emergency services at the scene, and the wider community for their cooperation and assistance whilst our inquiries are ongoing.”
Meanwhile, another murder hunt has been launched in the city after a man’s body was discovered in a wheelie bin.
The grim find, which was made on Thursday, followed an appeal to find Tony Hutchison who was last seen the previous week.
Although formal identification has not yet taken place, the family of the 49-year-old has been informed. Police dogs found the body on Jubilee Crescent in Gorebridge, Midlothian.
Mr Hutchison, who lived nearby was last seen leaving a house on Station Road at 7.45am on Thursday, May 23.
Inspector Grant Durie said: “At this time, a cause of death has not yet been established and we are currently treating the death as unexplained.
“I’d encourage the local community to get in touch if they may have seen Tony, or captured him on any private CCTV.”