Monday, 01 March 2021

Man charged with murder after stabbing

Man charged with murder after stabbing

A MAN has been charged with murder after a fatal stabbing in Caversham.

Yannick Cupido, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene in Managua Close at around 12.55am on Sunday.

O’Neal Joseph, 28, of Amersham Road, Caversham, appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and the case was sent to Reading Crown Court for a further hearing today (February 19).

A plea and pre-trial preparation hearing has been set for May 14 and the trial is currently listed for October 11.

Another man, aged 22, was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and has been released under investigation.

A post mortem took place on Tuesday and the cause of death was given as a stab wound to the left lung and pulmonary artery.

Det Insp Mike Roddy, of the Major Crime Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with Yannick’s family at this incredibly difficult time, and they continue to receive support from specially trained officers.”

Investigating officers appealed for anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage from Managua Close, Nire Road and Ian Mikado Way between 11pm on February 13 and 1am on February 14 to make contact.

A Section 60 order that was put in place to give officers greater powers to stop and search the public ended at 9pm on Wednesday. As a result of the order, a number of weapons and drugs have been seized.

Supt Nick John, local area commander for Reading, said: “I would like to thank everyone for their understanding while this order has been in place.

“It has been extremely beneficial to us in keeping the public safe following the recent incidents in the town.

“Although this order has now been lifted, anybody who feels that they can carry weapons should be aware that our officers will still be applying their ordinary stop and search powers. People should never be carrying weapons, and we will always look to disrupt this activity.”

If you have any information, contact the non-emergency number 101, quoting the reference number 43210062322.

You can also make a report to the independent charity Crimestoppers while remaining anonymous by calling 0800 555 111.

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