The man charged with the murder of teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod is the lead guitarist in a popular local indie rock band.
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.
Ackland – who walked into court today covered by a blanket – is the lead guitarist in local indie band Rakuda, which is made up of three other members, who are all close friends.
He 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.
Cody James Ackland, 24, who lives in central Plymouth with his mother Helen, 49, 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
Ackland appeared at Plymouth magistrates court today covered in a blanket, as he was guided by police officers
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.
‘I’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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.