Bobbi-Anne McLeod: Musician admits to murder of 18-year-old

Bobbi-Anne McLeod
Bobbi-Anne McLeod

Cody Ackland, 24, pleaded guilty during a trial preparation hearing at Plymouth Crown Court

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

Cody Ackland, 24, pleaded guilty during a trial preparation hearing at Plymouth Crown Court.

Ackland appeared in the dock dressed in jeans and a grey sweater, and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and enter his guilty plea to murder on a date between November 19 and 23.

Prosecutor Richard Posner called for the sentencing to be adjourned to allow outstanding pathology reports to be served.

Judge Robert Linford listed the sentencing on the morning of May 19, warning him he would receive a statutory life sentence.

He added: “The only issue will be the minimum term."

McLeod's close family members listened to the plea in court, while friends watched proceedings on a video link from an adjacent court.

Her mum was brought to tears during the hearing.

Alison Hernandez, Devon and Cornwall police and crime commissioner, said: “I can’t even start to imagine the pain that Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s family and friends have been through over these past few months.

“While there is no justice that can bring Bobbi-Anne back, I’m pleased this case will be concluded swiftly and I truly hope the family will get the answers they need to provide some closure on this terrible incident.

“I’d like to thank the police for their hard work in bringing Cody Ackland to justice.

“I’d also like to thank the community of Plymouth who have shown courage, empathy and incredible support during this dark time for the city.”