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Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s family insulted the guitarist of an indie rock band when he appeared in court today charged with his murder.
Cody James Ackland, 24, who lives in downtown Plymouth with his mother, is charged with kidnapping the 18-year-old while waiting at a bus stop.
Ackland appeared today in Plymouth Magistrates Court, where he was charged with murdering the teenager between 20 and 23 November. He disappeared last Saturday (November 20).
The musician entered the court covered by a blanket and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the brief hearing.
Chief Justice Louise Ferris told him: ‘Mr. Ackland, he will be sent to trial at the Plymouth-based crown court, he will appear there for a preliminary hearing and will be in custody until 29 November. ‘
There were screams from the public gallery as the suspect, who was wearing a gray tracksuit and a blue face mask, was taken back into custody after a three-minute hearing.
Ackland belongs to the local indie band Rakuda, which is made up of three other members who are close friends.
Ackland was born in Germany, where his 53-year-old father is believed to have served in the British Army. Her parents are separated but live together in Plymouth.
Ackland’s four-member band is named after Bar Rakuda, a popular downtown hangout that they frequent regularly.
Ackland and his friends are well known on the city’s indie music scene, playing various bars and clubs around Plymouth and the West Country, creating a cult following.
He attended Estover Community College in Plymouth, but in recent years has focused on music in hopes of succeeding.
Images from Ackland’s social media show him taking pints between songs and seeming to revel in the image of a boozy rocker.
An associate of Ackland told MailOnline: ‘He is a handsome boy and he imagines himself as a boy.
“It’s hard to believe that Cody is involved in something like this.”
Josh Greenless, lead singer of Rakuda told MailOnline: ‘The first thing I heard about this was when the police started searching Cody’s house. He’s a huge part of our band and it’s all kind of shocking. ‘
Deputy Police Chief Nikki Leaper said investigators were not looking for anyone else in connection with her murder.
Rakuda announced that he would disband today, writing on Facebook: ‘The remaining members of Rakuda; Josh, Ross, Josh, and Mike are all extremely shocked and completely in disbelief at the tragic event that has unfolded over the past few days.
‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s family and friends, who must be devastated by the loss of her.
“Out of respect, we have decided that we will not advance as a band and will disband with immediate effect. We will not comment further at this time. ‘
The band has released a series of songs on Spotify with titles like: ‘I want to enter your soul; Atomic woman; ‘and’ Where am I going? ‘ Most have only been heard a few hundred times.
In 2000, they produced their debut single which aired on local BBC radio.
On their Spotify profile page, the band lists their influences such as Kasabian and Oasis.
The 18-year-old’s family has been informed and is being supported by specialist officers, Devon and Cornwall police said.
The force said yesterday that there was “no known link” between Ms. McLeod and the suspect.
Deputy Police Chief Nikki Leaper said investigators were not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder.
Ms. McLeod left her home in Leigham around 6 p.m. and was last seen waiting at a bus stop near her home as she headed into town.
Hundreds of people gathered where she was last seen to hold a candlelight vigil in her memory.
Local residents have set up a flower bank dotted with candles in recent days.
Donna McLeod, the victim’s mother, was very distraught during the vigil, but she was able to thank the crowd for all the love and support her family has received over the past few days.
“Thank you for doing everything you can to try to find her and bring our baby home,” she said.
Cody James Ackland Quick and Facts
- Missing Bobbi-Anne’s body discovered on Tuesday afternoon close to the beach at Bovisand near Plymouth
- Cody Ackland, arrested on Tuesday, has now been charged with her murder and appeared in court today
- Ackland’s popular four-piece band are named after Bar Rakuda, a popular venue in the centre of Plymouth