A university student has appeared in court accused of murdering her boyfriend by running him down and driving over him at a farm.

Grace Ross, 18, is said to have murdered Joshua Kerr, also 18, in an alleged incident at Little Balquhomrie Farm – Joshua’s place of work – near Leslie, Fife, on Friday morning.

Ross and Joshua had lived together at an address in Glenrothes for two years prior to the incident.

Ross, represented by solicitor Brian Black, appeared in private to face a single charge on petition at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday.

The charge alleges she “did drive a motor vehicle in the direction of Joshua Kerr, causing the vehicle to strike him, whereby he fell to the ground and the vehicle drove over his head and body to his severe injury and danger of life”. It adds, “and you did murder him”.

Ross, formerly at Abertay University and accepted to start a new course at Dundee University in September, made no plea at the private hearing, which lasted little more than five minutes.

Prosecutor Katie Cunningham did not seek a remand in custody.

Sheriff Alastair Brown committed Ross for further examination and released her on bail. She will appear in court again at a date to be confirmed.

After the incident, Joshua’s heartbroken parents Angela Kerr and Jamie Simpson said: “His mum, dad, little brother and anyone that ever knew Josh will never forget him.

“He was the perfect person and we will forever love him.”

Joshua’s grandmother, Debbie Kerr, thanked friends who had paid tribute and said they were planning a memorial celebration for the teenager.

She added: “He was a kind, loving grandson and person.”

Scores of tributes for Joshua, a talented pool player, were posted on a Facebook page set up in his memory.

Friend Gavin Taylor said: “Devastated to hear the news about wee Josh Kerr, one of the nicest young guys I have ever spoke to.”

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A spokesman for Raith Rovers Football Club, where Joshua was a season ticket holder, said in a statement: “The thoughts of everyone at RRFC are with the family at this sad time.

“Always willing to help others, Josh, alongside his mum Angela, also helped out in hospitality at Raith Rovers during the season just ended.”

Detective Inspector John Easton, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “This was an isolated incident and there is no risk to the wider community.

"We are keen to talk to anyone who may be able to help with our investigation.”