A WOMAN has appeared in court charged with murdering an Erskine man on New Year’s Day.

Stephanie Bowie, 27, is alleged to have stabbed 21-year-old Darren Russell in the town's Park Drive.

She also faces a charge of assault in connection with the same incident.

Bowie, of Erskine, made no plea or declaration when the case called at Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday and was remanded in custody.

Appearing alongside her at court was 18-year-old Mark Bowie, also of Erskine, who is charged with assaulting Mr Russell and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He also made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Both accused are scheduled to make a second court appearance in connection with the case on Wednesday, January 13.

A fundraising page set up on JustGiving after Mr Russell's death has generated thousands of pounds for his family.

It was launched on Saturday by Russell family friend Paul Coyle and has already raised more than £4,000.

A statement on the JustGiving page reads: “To Darren, our nearest and dearest. Raising money to help out the family with any worries during this hard time.

“Darren, you will be missed.”

A number of people have used the fundraising page to pay tribute to Mr Russell, who lived locally and was known to his friends as Dazza.

Suzi MacDonald, who is among those to donate, wrote: “Can’t begin to imagine the pain and heartache that Darren’s loved ones are experiencing.

“Hope the local support gives the family enough strength to get through the days ahead.”

Police have maintained a high profile in the Park Drive area this week to offer reassurance to local residents.