Police charge boy, 14, with murder as 12-year-old victim is named

A 14-year-old schoolboy has been charged with the murder of a 12-year-old child who was discovered dead on a village common.

The body of Robert Buncis was found on grassland in the quiet village of Fishtoft, Lincolnshire, at around 10.22am on Saturday.

A 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of murder over the weekend while Lincolnshire Police carried out further enquiries.

Today, the force revealed the teenage suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has now been charged with murder.

The victim was discovered on a common in Fishtoft, Lincolnshire, (pictured) at around 10.22am on Saturday

The victim was discovered on a common in Fishtoft, Lincolnshire, (pictured) at around 10.22am on Saturday

The victim was discovered on a common in Fishtoft, Lincolnshire, (pictured) at around 10.22am on Saturday

He has been remanded to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court this morning while the 19-year-old man remains in police custody being quizzed by detectives.

Police had originally believed the victim was aged in his 30s before later revealing he was of secondary school age.

Officers are still appealing for anyone with CCTV covering the area between 8pm on Friday and 10.22am on Saturday to get in touch. 

Lincolnshire Police said in a statement: ‘Following formal identification we are now in a position to name the boy who lost his life in this tragic incident as 12-year-old Roberts Buncis.

‘A 14-year-old boy has been charged with his murder. He has been remanded and will appear at court this morning.’

Detective Superintendent Martyn Parker said previously ‘This is a devastating incident in which a young boy has lost his life.

‘The impact will no doubt be felt greatly in the community and beyond.

‘This type of incident is not what we would expect to see within our communities. We are working with those affected to keep them informed and offer our support.

‘I want to reassure the public that we will do all in our power to meticulously investigate the circumstances of this young boy’s death and we would urge anyone who has any information that could support this investigation to get in touch.’

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