Man, 24, is charged with murdering 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

The man charged with the murder of Bobbi-Anne McLeod is the lead guitarist in a popular local indie rock band, MailOnline can reveal – as the teenager’s family hurled abuse at him as he was remanded in custody by magistrates.

Cody James Ackland, 24, who lives in central Plymouth with his mother, is accused of abducting the 18-year-old as she waited at a bus stop.

Ackland appeared at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court today, where he was charged with murdering Bobbi-Anne between November 20 and 23. The teenager disappeared last Saturday (November 20).

The musician walked into court covered by a blanket, and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the short hearing.

Chair of the magistrates Louise Ferris told him: “Mr Ackland, you are being sent for trial at the crown court sitting at Plymouth and you will appear there for a preliminary hearing and you are remanded in custody until November 29.”

There were shouts from the public gallery as the suspect – wearing a grey tracksuit and a blue face mask – was taken back into custody after a three-minute hearing.

Ackland belongs to local indie band Rakuda, which is made up of three other members who are all close friends.

Cody James Ackland, 24, who lives in central Plymouth with his mother, is accused of abducting the 18-year-old as she waited at a bus stop last Saturday evening

Bobbi-Anne was reported missing on Saturday evening and was found dead on Tuesday close to the coastal path and car park above Bovisand beach

Bobbi-Anne was reported missing on Saturday evening and was found dead on Tuesday close to the coastal path and car park above Bovisand beach

Ackland appeared at Plymouth magistrates court today covered in a blanket, as he was guided by police officers

Ackland appeared at Plymouth magistrates court today covered in a blanket, as he was guided by police officers

Ackland was born in Germany, where his father, 53 is believed to have served in the British Army. His parents are separated but live close to each other in Plymouth.

Ackland’s four-piece band are named after Bar Rakuda, a popular venue in the centre of the city which they regularly frequent.

Ackland and his pals are well known on the city’s indie music scene, playing gigs at a number of bars and clubs around Plymouth and the West Country, building up a cult following.

He attended Estover Community College in Plymouth but in the past few years has focused on music in the hope of hitting the big time.

Social media pictures of Ackland show him downing pints between songs and appearing to revel in the image of a booze filled rocker.

An associate of Ackland’s told MailOnline: ‘He’s a good-looking lad and fancies himself as a bit of a lad.

‘It’s hard to believe that Cody is involved in something like this.’

Josh Greenless, lead singer of Rakuda told MailOnline: ‘The first I heard about this was when police started searching Cody’s house. He’s a big part of our band and it’s all a bit shocking.’

Ackland’s four-piece band are named after Bar Rakuda, a popular venue in the centre of the city which they regularly frequent

Ackland’s four-piece band are named after Bar Rakuda, a popular venue in the centre of the city which they regularly frequent

A member of the public leaves flowers near the bus stop where Bobbi-Anne was last seen alive

A member of the public leaves flowers near the bus stop where Bobbi-Anne was last seen alive

Rakuda announced it was disbanding today, and paid tribute to Bobbi-Anne on Facebook

Rakuda announced it was disbanding today, and paid tribute to Bobbi-Anne on Facebook

Louie Leach, 17, Bobbi-Anne's grieving boyfriend is being comforted by her family

Louie Leach, 17, Bobbi-Anne’s grieving boyfriend is being comforted by her family

The 18-year-old's family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, Devon and Cornwall Police said

The 18-year-old’s family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, Devon and Cornwall Police said

The force said yesterday there was 'no known link' between Bobbi-Anne (pictured in a social media photo) and the suspect

The force said yesterday there was ‘no known link’ between Bobbi-Anne (pictured in a social media photo) and the suspect

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper said investigators were not seeking anyone else in connection with her murder

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper said investigators were not seeking anyone else in connection with her murder

Rakuda announced it was disbanding today, writing on Facebook: ‘The remaining members of Rakuda; Josh, Ross, Josh and Mike are all extremely shocked and in complete disbelief by the tragic event that has unfolded over the last several days.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s family and friends who must be devastated at their loss.

‘As a mark of respect, we have decided that we shall not be going forward as a band and will be disbanding with immediate effect. We will not be making any further comments at this time.’

The band have released a number of songs on Spotify with titles such as: ‘I want to enter your soul; Atomic Woman;’ and ‘Where do I go?’ Most have only been heard a few hundred times.

In 2000, they produced their debut single which was played on local BBC radio.

On their Spotify profile page, the band list their influences as Kasabian and Oasis.

Family, friends and members of the public gather by Sheepstor Road bus stop for a candlelit vigil for Bobbi-Anne last night

Family, friends and members of the public gather by Sheepstor Road bus stop for a candlelit vigil for Bobbi-Anne last night

Huge crowds gathered yesterday night as the people of Plymouth went to pay their respects

Huge crowds gathered yesterday night as the people of Plymouth went to pay their respects

A candle light vigil was held near the bus stop where the teenager went missing over the weekend

A candle light vigil was held near the bus stop where the teenager went missing over the weekend

Family, friends and members of the public gather by Sheepstor Road bus stop for a candlelit vigil in tribute to Bobbi-Anne

Family, friends and members of the public gather by Sheepstor Road bus stop for a candlelit vigil in tribute to Bobbi-Anne

A man lights candles on the ground in the shape of a heart near to where the teenager disappeared

A man lights candles on the ground in the shape of a heart near to where the teenager disappeared

The 18-year-old’s family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The force said yesterday there was ‘no known link’ between Ms McLeod and the suspect.

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper said investigators were not seeking anyone else in connection with the killing.

Ms McLeod left her home in Leigham at about 6pm and was last seen waiting at a bus stop close to her house as she made her way into town.

Hundreds of people gathered by the spot she was last seen to hold a candlelit vigil in her memory.

A bank of flowers dotted with candles has been laid by local residents over the past few days.

Donna McLeod, the victim’s mother, was very distressed during the vigil but was able to thank the crowd for all the love and support her family has received over the last few days.

‘Thank you for doing everything to try and find her and bring our baby home,’ she said.

Man, 24, is charged with murdering 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod

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