Boy, 15, will stand trial accused of murdering teenager

A 15-year-old boy will be tried later that year for murdering a teenage boy.

The legally unidentifiable youth is accused of murdering 17-year-old Joshua Hall on April 16 at Cam Sports Club in Dursley, Gloucestershire.

He is also accused of possessing an offensive weapon, namely a knife.

The defendant was excused from attending the brief Bristol Crown Court hearing before Judge Peter Blair QC, The Recorder of Bristol.

The judge said a trial preparatory hearing will be held on June 14th and a hearing will be set for October 4th at Gloucester Crown Court, which is expected to take place before a High Court judge.

Catherine Flint, who defended herself, did not request bail on behalf of the youth and Judge Blair referred the teen to safe accommodation at the local authority.

Meanwhile, Gloucestershire police said a 29-year-old man from Dursley had been arrested on suspicion of Joshua’s murder and delivery of Class B drugs.

“The arrest is based on information developed about another person who may have been involved in the fatal knife stab on Friday,” added a spokesman.

Joshua died in the hospital hours after being stabbed in the stomach.

In a statement, his family said: “On Friday the 16th at 1:25 pm, our lives were forever changed. Our beautiful, charming, caring, and kind soul, Joshua Hall, has been injured until recovery.

“We want Josh to be remembered not for this pointless act, but for the love he brought to life.

“Josh’s essence is impossible to grasp because he was so special.

“He has helped people in their darkest hours and their lives are better because of his presence. He always had a smile for everyone and was sassy and compassionate.

“He leaves behind his mother Kirsty, his father Michael and his little brother Elijah.

“Everyone who knows Joshua will feel his loss, but it is of the utmost importance to his family that he be remembered only with love.

“Josh’s family would like to thank everyone who left flowers, cards, kind words and fond memories of our son.

“Please keep thinking about Josh and remember his smile.”

A 20-year-old man and a second 15-year-old boy arrested last week in connection with the incident were released as part of an investigation.


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