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Prosecution likely to conclude in Joan Roddam trial

Joan Roddam's body was found near her home in Delabole in 2003 Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The prosecution is expected to conclude its case in the trial of Patrick Curran, the man accused of murdering Cornish pensioner Joan Roddam.

Mrs Roddam's body was found in a field close to her home at Delabole in 2003. Mr Curran has refused to enter a plea.

Police officers due to give evidence at Joan Roddam murder trial

74-year-old Joan Roddam was strangled at her bungalow in Delabole in November 2003 Credit: ITV News

Two police officers are due to give evidence at the trial of a man accused of murdering a pensioner in Cornwall 10 years ago

74-year-old Joan Roddam was strangled at her bungalow in Delabole in November 2003. 38 year old Patrick Curran was arrested last year after police re-opened their investigation into the case.

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Accused man refuses to appear at Joan Roddam murder trial

A man accused of murdering a 74-year-old woman in north Cornwall more than 10 years ago, has refused to appear at his trial in Truro.

Patrick Curran, 38, was charged last year with killing Joan Roddam at her home in Delabole in 2003.

The judge has told the jury not to speculate on why Curran has not appeared, and not to hold it against him.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports from Truro Crown Court:

Defendant refuses to appear at Joan Roddam murder trial

Joan Roddam was murdered in 2003. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A man has refused to appear at his murder trial in Truro today.

Patrick Curran, who's 38, is accused of murdering 74-year-old Joan Roddam at her home in Delabole in North Cornwall in 2003.

This afternoon the prosecution has started outlining its case against Curran.

Man in court over Joan Roddam death

A man has appeared before magistrates in Bodmin this morning charged with the murder of 74 year Joan Roddam at her home in Cornwall in 2003.

38 year old Patrick Curran from Delabole spoke only to confirm his name and address.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Plymouth Crown Court tomorrow. Mrs Roddam was found in field behind her home. A post-mortem revealed she died from asphyxiation.

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Man arrested 10 years after 74 year old was killed

There's been a major development tonight in one of the longest running unsolved murders in the Westcountry.

Police have revealed they've arrested a man over the murder of 74-year-old Joan Roddam at her home near Delabole in north Cornwall more than ten years ago. Her body was found outside her home. A 38-year-old local man is now in custody. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

Man arrested in 2003 murder enquiry

The body of 74-year-old Joan Roddam was found at the back of her home in Delabole in November 2003 Credit: Police

Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of an elderly woman in 2003. It follows a review by Cornwall’s Major Crime investigation Team.

The body of Joan Roddam, aged 74, was found at the rear of her home at West Downs, Delabole on Saturday 8 November 2003. She'd been asphyxiated.

A 38-year old local man was arrested this morning and is being held at Launceston Police Station on suspicion of murder.

Cut price electric for homes near Cornish wind farm

Delabole wind farm Credit: ITV Westcountry

The owners of a windfarm in north Cornwall are offering nearby residents a 20% cut in electricity bills. 300 households around Delabole could benefit from the offer which is claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

The Good Energy company says the deal could save customers around a hundred pounds a year.

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