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Musician admits killing teen Bobbi-Anne McLeod

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A musician has pleaded guilty to the murder of 18-year-old student Bobbi-Anne McLeod.

Cody Ackland, 24, pleaded during a plea preparation and trial hearing at Plymouth Crown Court on Tuesday.

Ackland spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth and admit the murder of the teenager to a date between November 19 and 23.

Prosecutor Richard Posner requested that the sentencing hearing be adjourned due to pending pathology reports to be served.

Close members of the teenager’s family, including her mother, father and brother, sat in the courtroom while friends watched the proceedings on a video link from an adjacent court.

Cody Ackland first appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court last November charged with the murder of the teenager (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

Judge Robert Linford adjourned sentencing until May 19 and remanded the accused from Radcliffe Close, Southway, Plymouth to custody.

The judge told him, “You have pleaded guilty to murder, the penalty for which is fixed by law.

“I will sentence you on May 19. The penalty will be life imprisonment.

“The only issue will be the minimum sentence I have to impose under Schedule 21 of the Sentencing Act 2020.

“You will be taken into custody until that date and you can come down.”

The judge also thanked the audience for the “commendable way in which you once again behaved during the proceedings”.

Student Miss McLeod was last seen waiting at a bus stop in Plymouth on the evening of Saturday November 20 last year as she left to meet friends.

Her body was found three days later near Bovisand Beach, about seven miles from her home.

Police said there was ‘no known connection’ between Miss McLeod and Ackland.

At an opening inquest held last year, no cause of death was given for the teenager.

In the aftermath of Miss McLeod’s disappearance, a friend told the PA news agency she believed the victim ‘had no idea’ who her attacker or attackers were.

She said her Airpod headphones and tobacco were found at the bus stop where she was last seen.

Death of Bobbi-Anne McLeod
Flowers left on Sheepstor Road in Plymouth (Ben Birchall/PA)

“The fact that Bobbi’s Airpods and bin were at the bus stop shows she would have struggled,” the friend said.

A candlelight vigil was also held at the location where the teenager was last seen alive.

Her mother, Donna McLeod, was in attendance and was visibly upset during the vigil, but was able to thank the crowd for all the love and support her family had received.

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

A 16-year-old boy from the wake had known Mrs. McLeod when she was still at the same school.

“I hadn’t seen her in ages and I feel really bad about it, but we used to hang out at school together,” he said.

“She was just nice, just nice, I think that’s why it hit me so hard, not that anyone deserves that, but it’s just awful that it happened to her.”

Ackland was lead guitarist for Plymouth-based indie band Rakuda, who released their debut EP in August last year.

The other members of Rakuda announced in November that they would be disbanding “with immediate effect”, but weeks later said they would be taking a “short break from the music scene” with a view to reforming in the spring of 2022. .