Teen Girl and Two Boys Charged With Murder in Court After Boy, 13, Dies

Three teenagers charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder after an autistic 13-year-old boy was stabbed to death, appeared in court today.

Oliver Stephens, 13, also known as "Olly", was allegedly stabbed to death on Sunday in Emmer Green, Reading, with officers called to the scene just before 16:00 GMT. A 13-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, all appeared before Reading Crown Court today.

All three all have been remanded in youth detention custody and a provisional trial date has been set for 21 June. The three also appeared before Reading Youth Court earlier today, where they only spoke to confirm their names, ages and addresses.

Two other boys, also aged 13, have been released on bail, with strict conditions, until February 1. The girl has also been charged with perverting the course of justice. In a statement released through police, Olly's family described him as "hilariously funny, charming and beautiful".

They said: "He always stood his ground and fought for the underdog whilst having an amazing depth of love, warmth and wit. In his final moments he must have been terrified. Fighting to get home, he had everything to live for. We now have only memories. An Olly-sized hole has been left in our hearts."

Olly Stephens
Olly Stephens was described by his family as “hilariously funny, charming and beautiful" Thames Valley Police

The family went on to describe the ordeal as every parents' worst nightmare. They also praised the actions of a good Samaritan who tried to save Olly as well as an off-duty doctor who offered help. Det. Supt Kevin Brown urged anyone with information to contact police and refrain from sharing any images or footage on social media.

He said: "This continues to be a very difficult time for the family of Olly. Our thoughts remain with them. The Stephens family appreciate all of the kindness shown to them but they have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

Parents also laid flowers at the nearby Highdown School and said their children who attended school with Olly were "devastated".

Headteacher Rachel Cave said in a statement: "The Highdown community is reeling from the tragic news that a 13-year-old boy was stabbed in Emmer Green. This student was part of our community and many students and staff knew him well. For a life to be ended at such a young age is a total tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."