A second youth has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of teenager Nicholas Pearton in Sydenham on 5 May and today appeared at the Youth Court based in Camberwell Green Magistrates in Southwark.
East London Lines reporter Cat Wiener was the only journalist in court when he was brought before the bench, chaired by Mr A. Davies, to confirm his name and age. He comes from south east London. His name and address cannot be reported because of statutory restrictions protecting the identity of youths in criminal proceedings. The two youths charged with murder, both 16, have been remanded to appear again at the court for committal to the Central Criminal Court on 18 June.
The committal should have taken place today, but the Crown Prosecution Service requested more time to prepare the committal case. Up to 12 other youths are still being questioned in relation to the case and there is substantial forensic and CCTV evidence to be examined.
The legal representative for the accused requested arrangements for the second youth charged so that he could take his GCSEs.
After the second youth had been remanded, the court was cleared so that matters relating to the first youth, who had made an earlier appearance at the court on 10 May, could be discussed.
Members of the second youth’s family were present in court, as was Case Officer Matthew Read, attached to Lewisham police station.
Nicholas Pearton, who was also 16, was stabbed in an incident at Home Park Recreation Centre off Sydenham Road on 5 May. According to reports, he was beaten and chased by a group of youths wielding baseball balls, sticks and knives.