By Harry Mottram: After intensive questioning and the gathering of evidence and of talking to a wide number of witnesses Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed they are treating the death of Mikey Roynon as murder.
The case has shocked the community of the area around Eastfield Avenue in the Weston part of Bath leading to the presenting of floral tributes and a vigil to remember the Kingswood teenager.
In a statement the police said: “Two teenage boys have been charged with the murder of 16-year-old Mikey Roynon. Detectives from our Major Crime Investigation Team have charged a 15-year-old boy from Dorset and a 16-year-old boy from Wiltshire with murder and possessing an offensive weapon. The charges come after a magistrate granted officers more time to question the pair. Mikey died from a single stab wound at a property on Eastfield Avenue in Bath on Saturday night (10 June). The two boys, who currently remain in police custody, will appear before magistrates at Bristol Youth Court this morning (Thursday 15 June).”
Detective Inspector Mark Newbury, the senior investigating officer, said: “This is a significant development in our investigation and in our quest to achieve justice for Mikey.
“His family have been informed and specialist family liaison officers continue to support them. They have been at the forefront of our minds as we’ve carried out the enquiries which have resulted in these charges.
“The investigation is ongoing and there is still a lot of work for us to do. The cordon has now been reduced but officers are likely to remain at the property for the next few days.
“The support of the local community has been invaluable and I’d once again like to thank them for their patience and understanding.”
Bath Voice have reminded readers and the public that and you might be in contempt of court if you speak publicly or post on social media about the case.
Police made this appeal: “We’d like to remind people it is important there should be no commentary or sharing of information or images online which could in any way prejudice any future proceedings. Not only could the sharing of images impact on this case, they can be traumatic for people, especially children, to view. We’d also like to highlight it can be an offence to identify anyone who witnessed all or part of the incident as well as those who have been arrested.”