Murder accused in court

Alleged murder victim Grant Bodell
Alleged murder victim Grant Bodell
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A 25-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a father-of-two who was shot on wasteland in Sheffield.

Torrington Smith, of Samuel Close, Norfolk Park, is accused of killing the 23-year-old in June last year.

Smith appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning, where he was remanded in custody and given a date for a crown court hearing on April 22.

Grant Bodell, of Windy House Lane, Manor, was found with gunshot wounds on wasteland near Queen Mary Road in the early hours of Saturday, June 21, last year.

He was taken to hospital but could not be saved and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Four other men remain on bail after being arrested in connection with the murder.

More than 300 friends and family members attended Mr Bodell’s packed funeral at Sheffield’s City Road Crematorium in August.

David Armstrong, who led the service, said Grant had been very popular.

“He liked to be with people and was close to his family,” he said. “He would be there for anybody who was in trouble. What you saw was what you got.”

A horse-drawn carriage carried Mr Bodell’s coffin to the packed service, where one of his favourite pop songs, Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia, was played.

Mr Bodell was a regular Facebook user up to his death, and two days before his fatal shooting he had written that he was ‘going off the radar for a bit’.

On the same day, June 19, he also posted a photograph of a police helicopter taken from the ground.

In the days and weeks leading up to his death, he posted pictures of nights out with pals and spoke of feeling ‘buzzin’ that he had bought a heavy gold bracelet to match his gold chain.

Police made several arrests during the course of their investigation but no-one had been charged until yesterday.