Teenager, 18, appears in court charged with murdering schoolboy


Teenager, 18, appears in court charged with murdering schoolboy

A teenager appeared in court today over the murder of a 15-year-old boy.

 

Matthew Mason, 18, of Ollerton, Cheshire, was arrested and charged after the body of the teenager was found in the village of Ashley shortly before 8am on Friday.

 

Mason was charged with murder and possession of a bladed article in a public place and appeared at South Cheshire Magistrates' Court in Crewe.The boy's body was found by a farmer off a country lane in Ashley, Cheshire, on Friday morning

The boy's body was found by a farmer off a country lane in Ashley, Cheshire, on Friday morning

Police had arrested him in Forton, Staffordshire, around four hours after the body was discovered.

Mason, wearing a white shirt and dark trousers, did not speak during the short hearing today and nodded only to confirm he understood the nature of the charges against him.

 

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday.

Magistrates agreed with a prosecution request to issue an order preventing the naming of the victim under Section 45 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act.

 

The court heard that the order was being imposed to 'protect' the victim's family, who sat and watched proceedings in the public gallery.

 

Paying tribute to the teenager on Saturday, they described him as 'very loving, caring, kind, loyal and, most of all, trusting young boy.'

'He loved life and made friends wherever he went. He will be sorely missed.'Forensic officers are combing woodland for clues after he was found dead in Ashley, Cheshire

Forensic officers are combing woodland for clues after he was found dead in Ashley, Cheshire

Tributes were also paid to him on social media.

 

Dozens of friends posted messages on his Instagram page, describing him as 'gorgeous boy' with an 'infectious smile that lit up a room.'

 

One said: 'Heartbroken is an understatement. Words can not describe how we are feeling.'

Another wrote: 'Never failed to make me laugh rest easy angel.'

 

The victim attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and the school's headteacher Denis Oliver said he would be 'sorely missed by everyone who knew him'.

 

'Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad time,' he said in a statement posted to the school's website.

 

'The safety and wellbeing of our students is our priority. School will be open as normal on Monday and staff will be on hand to support students in any way affected by this tragic loss.'

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