On Tuesday 15th, a 17 year old boy from Holton-le-clay, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Skegness Youth court, where he pleaded guilty to offences of assault and an offence under the Malicious Communication Act.
The youth received an 8 month referral order.
The victim of these offences, 17 year-old Callum Moody-Chapman, tragically died in December 2013, shortly after these offences were committed. Callum's body was found on a beach in Cumbria and the circumstances surrounding his death are due to be heard in Cumbria at a Coroners Inquest in May.
Callum's mother and father, Nicola Moody and Kevin Chapman, were at court on Tuesday and issued the following statement:
"Callum was a lovely young man, friendly and loving. His death has devastated his family and friends and we continue to try and come to terms with what has happened. The defendant in this case was a friend of Callum's. He has now been dealt with by the court and, whilst we can now try to draw a line under this case, it does not make our grieving for the loss of Callum any easier. We would like to thank those people who have provided us with help and support during this very difficult and traumatic period".
D/Sgt Hodgson from Louth CID also stated, " This has been a very traumatic time for the family and friends of Callum. His death has been felt throughout the local community of Holton-le-clay and whilst I cannot mention any details of the case due to the age of the defendant, I would like to ask that the local community continue to support the family and friends of Callum.
"This case did involve the use of social media sites to send abusive messages, and can only urge anyone that knew Callum or the defendant to avoid the use of these sites to send messages. The family are still grieving and it has not helped them when they are constantly informed of rumour or threats being circulated on social media websites. The defendant has pleaded guilty to the offences and he has now been dealt with and, as such, the incident now requires everyone to try and put this behind them and support the family and friends."
24th April 2014 at 14:24