Cody Ackland, from Plymouth, has been charged with murder in connection to the disappearance of 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod, Devon and Cornwall Police said on Friday morning
Family of Bobbi-Anne McLeod sobbed in court as a 24-year-old man was charged with her murder
Cody Ackland, from Plymouth, has been remanded in custody in connection with the death of the 18-year-old.
The 24-year-old plays guitar with Rakuda, whose music has been featured on BBC South West radio.
Ackland arrived at Plymouth Magistrates Court this morning, his head obscured by a towel as he left a police van.
Members of Bobbi-Anne’s family were in court to witness proceedings, Plymouth Live reported.
Ackland, wearing a mask and grey prison uniform, spoke only to confirm his date of birth and adddress. He was represented by city solicitor Tracey Baker.
Chair of the bench Louise Ferris told him: “You will attend your preliminary hearing at Plymouth Crown Court on Monday morning and you will be remanded into custody until that date.”
Several members of the public gallery left the court in tears after the hearing.
This morning a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection to the disappearance of 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod.
“Cody Ackland from the Southway area of Plymouth, has been charged with murder and remanded in police custody. He is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Friday November 26.
“The family of Bobbi-Anne have been informed of this update and continue to be supported by specialist officers.”
Ackland is a lead guitarist in Plymouth with indie rock group Rakuda, according to their Facebook and Instagram page.
Shortly after news of his charging broke, his bandmates announced that they would be disbanding as a mark of respect to Bobbi-Anne.
They said: “The remaining members of Rakuda; Josh, Ross, Josh and Mike are all extremely shocked and in complete disbelief by the tragic event that has unfolded over the last several days.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s family and friends who must be devastated at their loss.
“As a mark of respect, we have decided that we shall not be going forward as a band and will be disbanding with immediate effect.
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“We will not be making any further comments at this time.”
A body was found in Bovisand beach in Tavistock on Tuesday during the search for the missing teenager.
Two men – aged 24 and 26, were arrested by police on Tuesday, November 23, on suspicion of murder.
The 26-year-old has since been released with no further action.
A formal identification has not yet been carried out but the family of Bobbi-Anne have been informed of the discovery and are being supported by investigators.
The 18-year-old went missing from her Leigham home on Saturday evening, having failed to meet with friends in Plymouth.
She had been due to catch a bus into Plymouth, and when she didn’t show he raised the alarm after waiting hours for her to arrive.
A number of searches were carried out until information acquired by investigators led them to the Bovisand location.
Locals have been laying floral tributes close to the site of where she was last seen, and a candlelit vigil was held on Thursday evening.
Donna McLeod, the mother of Bobbi-Anne, sobbed as she paid tribute to her daughter and thanked friends, family and the wider community for their support.
Surrounded by other family members, her voice trembled but she completed a prepared statement.
She said: “I would like to thank everyone for coming, on behalf of the family. It’s nice everyone is coming together in the circumstances.
“Unfortunately, our beautiful Bobbi-Anne has been taken from us, but she will never be forgotten.
“I’d like everyone to hold their candles up. This is for Bobbi-Anne”.
This was followed by a moment of silence as the entire crowd held up their candles in unison.
Earlier, Bobbi-Anne’s family including her parents, grandparents and siblings, left their home and walked the short distance to the bus stop flanked by dozens more supporters, carrying balloons.