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A woman appeared in court today charged with murdering her boyfriend in Bristol.
Abigail White, of Chipperfield Drive, 23, was put before Bristol magistrates charged with the murder of Bradley Lewis, 22, in Chipperfield Drive, Kingswood.
Paramedics were called to the semi-detached property in South Gloucestershire at around 8.20pm on Friday (25 March).
Bradley Lewis, 22, who is understood to be a father of three young children, was found to have sustained a knife wound to the chest and was rushed to hospital for urgent treatment.
Despite the best efforts of doctors, he died of his wound around six hours later – in the early hours of Saturday (26 March).
Abigail White, 23, was put before Bristol magistrates today, charged with the murder of her boyfriend Bradley Lewis, 22, in Chipperfield Drive, Kingswood, South Gloucestershire
White was wearing a grey sweat top and jogging bottoms at the magistrates’ and spoke only to confirm her date of birth and address during a four-minute hearing at noon today
Bradley Lewis (pictured), 22, died in hospital in the early hours of Saturday 26 March after suffering multiple stab wounds at around 8.20pm on Friday night. Tributes have poured in for the ‘wonderful, much-loved’ father
The blonde-haired defendant, who was wearing a grey sweat top and jogging bottoms, spoke only to confirm her date of birth and address during a four-minute hearing at noon today.
A charge of murder on March 26 was put to her. She did not enter any plea.
May Li, prosecuting via video link, told magistrates the case can only be dealt with at the crown court.
She said any application for bail would also have to be made at the crown court and Mark O’Donnell, defending, concurred.
The presiding magistrate told White: ‘This is an indictable only offence. It must go to the crown court’.
White was remanded in custody pending a possible bail application at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday (March 30) and a plea and trial preparation hearing at that venue on April 25.
His devastated family, some of who attended court on Monday, paid tribute to him.
They said: ‘Our wonderful much-loved son Bradley, taken from us too early.
A forensic post-mortem examination confirmed Bradley died from a single stab wound to the chest.
Bradley’s family released a picture of him today alongside a tribute, which read: ‘Our wonderful, much-loved son Bradley, taken from us too early.’
Detective Inspector Ben Lavender said that the ‘investigation is continuing at pace and we have a team of officers and police staff working tirelessly to piece together the events which led up to this terrible incident’.
He said the victim’s family are being ‘updated and fully supported by specially trained liaison officers’.
Crime scene investigation work was ongoing on Sunday (27 March), with at least five people entering the address in white overalls and hairnets.
White (pictured with her boyfriend, who she is accused of murdering) was remanded in custody pending a possible bail application at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday March 30 and a plea and trial preparation hearing at that venue on April 25
PCSOs guarded the property, confirming that the crime scene is contained to within the house, while the garden is not forming any part of the probe.
Bradley’s father paid a visit to the cordon on Sunday afternoon and read tribute notes left on various bunches of flowers.
The quiet community in the east of Bristol were left shocked and deeply saddened by the ‘lovely’ young man’s passing.
In a statement, Hanham Athletic Football Club (HAFC) paid tribute to their reserve player.
‘HAFC are deeply saddened to advise that one of our Reserve Team players, Brad Lewis passed away yesterday.
‘We remembered Brad with a minute’s silence before our fixture yesterday.
‘Our deepest condolences to all of Brad’s family and friends.’
Heartfelt tributes to the Bristol father have also flowed in on social media over the past 48 hours, as family and friends grieve their loss.
Lee Parker wrote: ‘Today we lost a fantastic beautiful person, without saying goodbye.
‘I hope he knows just how much and how many people loved him. RIP Brad.’
Footy friend Adam Porter said: ‘RIP Brad. Loved playing football with you back at rovers. See you on the other side.’
Katlyn Harvey described Bradley as a ‘lush boy’, adding: ‘So sad you were taken from this earth.
‘Sending all my love to family and friends.’
Jess Cox typed: ‘I’m heartbroken. One of my longest friends, I just don’t even know how to feel right now.
‘RIP Brad always been my bestie. Will cherish all the good memories we had, was never a dull moment with you.’
Flowers have piled up outside the crime scene, where investigators were still collecting evidence on Sunday night, on Chipperfield Drive, Kingswood, South Gloucestershire
A neighbour said that the incident has ‘obviously come as a real shock’, and another said that it’s a very ‘sad’ situation.
Two men in their 20s came to the property with flowers.
They said they knew the man who died from school, and one said: ‘He was a lovely guy. It’s really sad.’
Floral tributes have now been moved to the home of a family member, but police officers remain in the area guarding the property and speaking to neighbours in an effort to understand what happened on Friday night.
Detective Inspector Lavender added: ‘There continues to be a police presence at the scene of this incident and reassurance patrols are ongoing, so we’d encourage residents to please speak to officers with the local Neighbourhood Policing team if they have any questions or concerns.’
If anyone has information that would assist the investigation, please call police on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222071378.
Source: Daily Mail