Boscombe murder investigation - two charged

Detectives investigating the death of Phillip Nicholson in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth have this evening charged a man and a woman with his murder.

At around midday on Tuesday 26 May 2015 police were called to a flat in Mallard Grange on Sea Road and discovered the body of the 22-year-old.

On Wednesday, a post mortem examination found Phillip had died from a stab wound to the neck. He was formally identified by family members, who are being supported by specially-trained police family liaison officers.

This evening, Friday 29 May 2015, 20-year-old Isabella Gossling and 25-year-old Richard Brian Moors – both from Bournemouth and known to the victim – were charged with Phillip’s murder. They will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Saturday 30 May 2015.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Balmer, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following enquiries, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of murder shortly before 9pm this evening.

“Family liaison officers have updated Phillip’s family with this development and the thoughts of the investigation team are with them. Clearly, this is a difficult time for the whole family and they have requested privacy.”

Detectives are still appealing for the public’s help, in particular anyone who saw Phillip before his body was discovered.

Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Balmer continued: “We are still building a picture of exactly what happened on Tuesday and continue to appeal for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Sea Road area of Boscombe that morning to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting Op Fraction.

“We’d also like to speak to anyone who had recent contact with Phillip Nicholson or who may have any information that may support the inquiry.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw Phillip leaving his home in the Parkstone area of Poole at around 9am on Tuesday morning to just after midday when his body was discovered in the flat in Sea Road.

“At this time Phillip was wearing a grey Family Guy T-shirt, a faded red jumper with a zip from the chest upwards, charcoal grey trousers and Crocs. He also wore a black bum bag around his waist.

“I would urge anyone with information to please come forward in confidence.”

Due to Dorset Police having had prior contact with people involved, the Force has referred the circumstances leading to the murder to the IPCC for review.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting Operation Fraction. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

ISSUED: 29 May 2015

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