Two 16-year-olds appear in court for the murder of a musician, seriously injured at home

TWO teenagers have appeared in court charged with the murder of a seriously injured musician at home.

Edward Reeve, 35, died at the property in Christchurch, Dorset, last week after police received reports of concerns about a man’s rights inside.

Edward Reeve was found dead at his home


Edward Reeve was found dead at his homeCredit: PA
Forensic crime scene at Heath Road, Christchurch


Forensic crime scene at Heath Road, ChristchurchCredit: PA

Two 16-year-old boys – from Christchurch and Bournemouth – have been charged with murder “on or about December 31, 2021”.

The teenagers, who have not been legally named, appeared in separate hearings at Poole Magistrates Court today for a brief hearing.

Both boys spoke only to confirm their names, birth dates and addresses.

They were re-investigated in youth detention to appear at Winchester Crown Court on January 13.

A 15-year-old girl from the Christchurch area arrested on suspicion of aiding an offender has been released on bail.

It comes after Edward’s mother Jayne Newey, 64, paid tribute to her son, who is a local musician and works in customer service.

She said: “I just don’t believe it. It just doesn’t seem real. It seems unfair. He doesn’t deserve it if you ask me.”

Jayne tells how her son moved from Buckinghamshire to Christchurch about 10 years ago but developed a drug addiction.

Dorset Police said the victim’s family is being supported by specialist officers following the horrific incident at around 7.53pm on Wednesday.

Officials are also calling for CCTV footage to be recorded in the Heath Road area in the week before Mr. Reeve’s body was found on January 4.

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter said: “Following a detailed and expeditious investigation, we have consulted with Crown Prosecution Service, which authorized the charges.

“Edward Reeve’s family has been updated with this development and our thoughts remain with them at this truly terrible time.”

A murder investigation has been launched


A murder investigation has been launchedCredit: BNPS
Police are calling for witnesses


Police are calling for witnessesCredit: BNPS Two 16-year-olds appear in court for the murder of a musician, seriously injured at home

Huynh Nguyen

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