Teen appears in court in Reading for stabbing 13-year-old


Oliver Stephens was found dead on Sunday in a nature reserve outside of Reading

In court, a 13-year-old girl and two boys, aged 13 and 14, were charged with murdering a boy who was stabbed to death in a nature reserve in Reading. Oliver Stephens, 13, was discovered on Sunday in Bugs Bottom Fields, off St Barnabas Lane, Emmer Green, on the outskirts of the city. On Thursday morning, the three suspects, who can not be identified because of their age, appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court accused of murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. According to PA Media news agency, the three, all from Reading, spoke in court only to confirm their names, ages and addresses. Oliver, who was autistic, was discovered just before 4 p.m. by police responding to news of a stabbing. A managed nature preserve that spans nearly six acres of meadows and is popular with dog walkers, joggers and families, at Bugs Bottom Fields on Sunday. By February 1, two other boys, both aged 13, were released on strict bail. Oliver’s family described the boy, identified as Olly, as “an enigma” in a statement released by police, and said he “got his own way with a wry smile and a cheeky grin. “He still stood his ground and fought for the underdog while possessing an impressive depth of affection, warmth and wit.

He must have been terrified in his final moments. He was fighting to get home and he had everything he’d been living for. Everything we have are memories now.

The family described the ordeal as “every parent’s worst nightmare.”


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