Youths remanded in custody accused of murdering 16-year-old

Two 15-year-old boys have been remanded into custody accused of murdering a teenager who died after being stabbed in a park.

The defendants made brief separate appearances at Bristol Youth Court, jointly accused of killing Darrian Williams, 16, on February 14.

They also face a charge of possessing a knife in a public place.

Darrian Williams
Darrian Williams (Avon and Somerset Police/PA)

Jane Cooper, prosecuting, told the court Darrian was allegedly attacked in Rawnsley Park play area in the Easton area of the city.

After the incident, Darrian ran to nearby Stapleton Road where he was helped by a motorist before collapsing in West Street, Old Market.

Police were called by the ambulance service at 6pm to report that the teenager had been found injured.

He died at the scene despite the efforts of emergency services.

The court heard a post-mortem examination found Darrian died as a result of a stab wound to his rib, which caused fatal internal injuries.

District Judge Nicholas Wattam remanded both teenagers into youth detention accommodation.

He told them: “Your cases have to go to the crown court for trial and there will be a hearing tomorrow at Bristol Crown Court.

“There is a case management hearing on March 18. You will be remanded into youth detention accommodation.”

Since Darrian’s death the force has introduced enhanced stop-and-search powers in parts of Bristol, and a new police operation targeting youth violence has been launched.

Officers have met headteachers to discuss how police can provide support and reassurance as pupils return to school from half term.

There will be additional patrols outside schools and a mobile police station will be in the area over the coming days.

The killing comes weeks after the deaths of Mason Rist, 15, and Max Dixon, 16, who were stabbed in the Knowle West area of the city.

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