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Husband denies honeymoon murder

John Clifton Davies will stand trial at a later date Credit: ITV News Wales

A husband today denied murdering his Welsh wife on honeymoon to claim more than £130,000 in her life insurance payout.

John Clifton Davies, 50, appeared in Newport Crown Court charged with the murder of Colette Davies, 39, found dead at the bottom of a ravine in a remote part of India.

Company director Davies is also accused of making 'fake representation' by fraudulently claiming an insurance payment of £132,000 after her death.

Colette and her husband were married in 2003 and went on a delayed honeymoon to India 14 months later.

A week into the holiday, Colette fell more than 80ft from a viewing point at a steep gorge in the Imichal Pradesh region of India.

Her body was flown back to her home town of Bridgend where she was cremated after an inquest recorded an open verdict.

Davies, of Milton Keynes, Bucks, was remanded in custody at Newport Crown Court to stand trial at a later date.

Man due in court charged with wife's murder

John Clifton Davies has been charged with the murder of his wife in 2004 Credit: ITV News Wales

John Clifton Davies will appear at Newport Crown Court today charged with murder, following the death of his 39-year-old wife in India in 2004.

At the time of Mrs Davies' death, which occurred near a bridge in the state of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India, there was thought to be no suspicious circumstances.

However, the case was reopened seven years later and her husband was arrested.

Mr Davies was charged after South Wales Police carried out a joint investigation with the state police in Northern India.

He has also been charged with two counts of fraud, and is due to enter a plea at Newport Crown Court later this morning.