Stefan Appleton
Stefan Appleton was murdered in a London park by two people on a mopedMet Police

Two teenagers accused of murdering Stefan Appleton with a machete in Islington, north London, have been remanded in custody after appearing at the Old Bailey.

The 16-year-olds, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested on 13 and 14 June along with three other boys of the same age, who have since been bailed to a date to be confirmed.

Their appearance comes after police in Ipswich yesterday (18 June) arrested a sixth 16-year-old boy in connection with the incident on suspicion of murder after Suffolk Police raided a home at Berners Street on behalf of the Met Police.

Appleton died after he was attacked by two people on a moped. The pillion passenger on the moped stabbed him a number of times with a machete before making off on the moped along Nightingale Road.

Detectives have established that Appleton was in Nightingale Park, Islington, on 10 June with friends when two youths pulled up on a moped.

Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and London's Air Ambulance attended the scene and took Appleton to a north London hospital where he later died at 7.45pm.

A post-mortem examination was held on 12 June at Poplar Mortuary and gave the cause of death as shock and haemorrhage due to a stab wound to the chest.