26 November 2021

Indie rock band guitarist charged with murder of Plymouth teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod

26 November 2021

A 24-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Bobbi-Anne McLeod who disappeared in Plymouth on Saturday evening as she made her way to meet friends.

Cody Ackland, the lead guitarist of local indie rock band Rakuda, walked into Plymouth Magistrates Court today covered by a blanket.

A body, believed to be that of the missing teenager, was discovered on Tuesday afternoon close to the beach at Bovisand, about seven miles from where she was last seen.

A woman lays flowers on Sheepstor Road in Plymouth (Ben Birchall/PA) (PA Wire)

The 18-year-old’s family are being supported by specialist officers, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The force said on Thursday there was “no known link” between Ms McLeod and the suspect.

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper said investigators were not seeking anyone else in connection with the killing.

Ms McLeod left her home in Leigham at about 6pm and was last seen waiting at a bus stop close to her house as she made her way into town.

Hundreds of people gathered by the spot she was last seen to hold a candlelit vigil in her memory.

A bank of flowers dotted with candles has been laid by local residents over the past few days.

Donna McLeod, the victim’s mother, was very distressed during the vigil but was able to thank the crowd for all the love and support her family has received over the last few days.

“Thank you for doing everything to try and find her and bring our baby home,” she said.

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