Boy, 14, charged with murder following deaths of Max Dixon and Mason Rist
Victoria Cook, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West, said: “CPS South West’s Complex Casework Unit has today authorised two murder charges against a 14-year-old boy following the deaths of 16-year-old Max Dixon and 15-year-old Mason Rist.
“The 14-year-old, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, is now the seventh person to be charged in connection with this case.
“Anthony Snook, 44, and three youths – aged 15, 16 and 17-years-old – have already been charged with two counts of murder, while Bailey Westcott, 22, and Jamie Ogbourne, 26, have previously been charged with two counts of assisting an offender.
“As criminal proceedings are active, there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
Notes to editors
- The 14-year-old has been charged with two counts of murder, in accordance with our Code for Crown Prosecutors. He is due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday, 6 February.
- Anthony Snook, 44, of Hartcliffe, Bristol, and three youths, aged 15, 16 and 17-years-old, were previously charged with two counts of murder.
- Bailey Westcott, 22, of Bishopsworth, Bristol, and Jamie Ogbourne, 26, of Hartcliffe, Bristol, have been charged with two counts of assisting an offender.
- It is not the function of the CPS to determine whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a criminal court to consider.
- The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with our Code for Crown Prosecutors.