Trio accused of 13-year-old death will appear in Reading Magistrates’ Court on Sunday
Thames Valley police said a 13-year-old girl and two boys, aged 13 and 14, were charged with the death of 13-year-old Oliver Stephens in Reading on Sunday.
The trio, all from Reading, have been taken into custody and are due to appear on Thursday at the Magistrates’ Court of the City. Many of them were also convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
Two other boys were released on strict bail, both aged 13, before Feb. 1.
Shortly before 4 p.m., police were called. Bugs Bottom Fields in Emmer Green, a park popular with dog walkers, joggers and families, was confirmed on Sunday following a stabbing.
The autistic boy, known as Olly, was described by Oliver’s family in a statement released by police as “an enigma” and said he could “get his own way with a wry smile and cheeky grin.”
They said, “He always stood his ground and fought for the underdog while having an incredible depth of love, warmth and wit.”
He must have been frightened in his final moments. He was struggling to get home and had everything for which he lived. Everything we have are memories now.
There is an Olly-sized void left in our hearts.’
The family described the ordeal as “every parent’s worst nightmare.”
But they also sought to highlight those who helped at the scene, including “a good Samaritan who bravely tried to save Oliver,” an off-duty doctor who provided support, and the ambulance service.
The killing was called “completely senseless” by parents who laid flowers at nearby Highdown School, and said their children, who went to school with Olly, were “devastated”
Det Supt Kevin Brown said, “For Olly’s family, this continues to be a very difficult time.” With them, our thoughts remain. The Stephens family is grateful for all the kindness shown to them, but at this very difficult time, they have asked that their privacy be respected.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police on 101 or to contact the police anonymously on 0800 555 111 via Crimestoppers.