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24-year-old man denies Norfolk woodland murder

Alexander Palmer (24) denies murdering Peter Wrighton (83) in woodland in Norfolk.

A 24-year-old man has denied murdering a grandfather who was walking his two dogs in woodland in Norfolk.

Alexander Palmer pleaded not guilty at Norwich Crown Court to the murder of 83-year-old Peter Wrighton from Banham.

The body of retired BT worker Mr Wrighton was found in woodland near the village of East Harling on 5 August 2017. He had been repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head.

Palmer, of Freesia Way, Cringleford, spoke only to confirm his details and to enter his plea during the 10-minute hearing.

The defendant, who appeared by videolink from Belmarsh prison in south-east London, wore a grey t-shirt and remained seated throughout the hearing.

He will stand trial in Norwich in February.

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Man remanded in court over murder of dog walker

Alexander Palmer

A man charged with murdering an elderly dog walker has been remanded in custody ahead of a trial next year.

23 year old Alexander Palmer from Cringleford appeared at Norwich Crown Court by video-link from Norwich Prison. He appeared sitting beside a prison officer, wearing a yellow and green tracksuit.

Peter Wrighton was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head. Credit: Family picture

Peter Wrighton, who was 83 and from Banham, was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head.

Palmer, who spoke only to confirm his details was remanded in custody ahead of a provisional trial in February 2018.

The defendant appeared in court via video link

More than a dozen members of the public attended the hearing, which was moved to a larger courtroom to accommodate them.

Man remanded in custody over murder of elderly dog walker

Peter Wrighton was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head. Credit: Family picture

A man has appeared in court, via video-link, charged with murdering a grandfather as he walked his dogs in East Harling.

Peter Wrighton, who was 83 and from Banham, was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head.

23 year old Alexander Palmer from Cringleford appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court by video-link from custody at Norfolk Police HQ in Wymondham.

He wore a blue jumper and dark trousers, and appeared unshaven with close-cropped dark hair as he sat in a plastic chair. He spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth and to state his address as Cringleford.

No pleas were taken and he was remanded in custody to appear at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday 15th August.

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