15-year-old faces autumn trial accused of murder

Rod Minchin, PA

A 15-year-old boy will face trial later this year accused of murdering a teenager.

The youth, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is accused of murdering 17-year-old Joshua Hall on April 16 at Cam sports club in Dursley, Gloucestershire.

He is also charged with possessing an offensive weapon, namely a knife.

The defendant was excused attendance from the short hearing at Bristol Crown Court before Judge Peter Blair QC, The Recorder of Bristol.

The judge said a plea and trial preparation hearing would take place on June 14 and fixed a trial date of October 4 at Gloucester Crown Court, which is likely to be held before a High Court judge.

Joshua Hall
Joshua Hall, 17, died in hospital after the incident (Family handout/PA)

Catherine Flint, defending, did not apply for bail on behalf of the youth and Judge Blair remanded the teenager into secure local authority accommodation.

Meanwhile, Gloucestershire Police said a 29-year-old man from Dursley was arrested on suspicion of Joshua’s murder and the supply of class B drugs.

“The arrest follows information that was developed about another individual who may have been involved in Friday’s fatal stabbing,” a spokesman added.

Joshua died in hospital hours after being stabbed in the stomach.

In a statement, his family said: “On Friday 16 at 1.25pm our life changed forever. Our beautiful, charming, caring and kind soul Joshua Hall was hurt beyond recovery.

“We want Josh to be remembered not for this senseless act but for the love he brought to life.

“The essence of Josh is impossible to capture because of how special he was.

“He helped people in their darkest hours and their lives are better because of his presence. He always had a smile for everyone and was cheeky and compassionate.

“He leaves behind his mum Kirsty, his dad Michael and his little brother Elijah.

“Everyone who knows Joshua will feel his loss, however it’s of the utmost to his family that he is remembered with nothing but love.

“Josh’s family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has left flowers, cards, kind words and beautiful memories of our son.

“Please continue to think of Josh and remember his smile.”

A 20-year-old man and a second 15-year-old boy who were arrested last week in connection with the incident have been released under investigation.