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Local youth charged with murder of Jessie Wright

March 7, 2010

The police have charged a local youth, Zakk Sackett, with the murder of Jessie Wright whose body was found behind the flats at 21-36 Outram Place on Thursday afternoon, March 5th. Jessie, aged 16, lived on the Bemerton estate and had attended Copenhagen Primary School and Maria Fidelis secondary school.

Sackett appeared at Highbury Magistrates Court on Monday morning, March 8th. He was remanded in custody and to appear at the Old Bailey on March 10th. The identity of Sackett was already known to many people locally.

Friends of Jessie have organised a mass candlelit vigil from 7pm to 8pm on the Delhi Outram Estate, on Wednesday evening, 10th March.

Cllr Paul Convery says: “The announcement that the police have charged a local youth is a further and awful shock to residents. We have had a long-running, serious problem with anti-social behaviour in this neighbourhood. This has to be vigorously tackled – at an early and ‘low-level’ stage – by the police and community working together. Otherwise  it can lead to awful and violent escalation. If there is one positive thing we can do in Jessie Wright’s memory, it is to redouble our efforts to stop the anti-social behaviour in this neighbourhood.

UPDATED 10th March 2010

A preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey this morning remanded Zakk Sackett in custody. No application was made for bail. A plea and case management hearing will take place on June 14th. Sackett did not appear at the hearing.

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