Man charged with murder in connection with death of boy

February 19, 2014

An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a boy, believed to be a 14-year-old from Caterham.

Computer engineer Lewis Daynes, of Roseberry Road, Grays, in Essex, was due to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The victim has not been formally identified but is believed to be Breck Bednar, 14, from Caterham.

An Essex Police spokesman: “The preliminary results from the post-mortem examination indicate that he died as a result of a wound to the neck.

“His family is being supported by police family liaison officers.”

Police were called to a flat off Roseberry Road, in Grays, at 11am on Tuesday (February 18) where the youngster was found with knife wounds.

He died following desperate attempts to save him.

Breck’s local church, St John’s in Caterham Valley, issued a statement on Wednesday (February 19) following news of his death.

“The loss of a young life is always a tragedy, but especially under the circumstances of Breck’s death,” it said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Breck’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“May he rest in peace.”

Vicar Jerry Garton added: “Breck’s family are very much in our prayers.

“The church will be open for anyone who wants to come in and light a candle.”

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