Ken Walker, the husband of alleged Langwith Junction murder victim Freda, has died

Ken and Freda Walker were found by a concerned neighbour in January

A town councillor who was allegedly attacked at his home in Langwith Junction, Derbyshire, has now died, police have said.

88-year-old Ken Walker and his wife Freda, 86, were found at their home in Station Road, Langwith Junction, Derbyshire by a neighbour on Saturday 15 January 2022. Freda was pronounced dead at the scene. Police described Ken as having "life-threatening injuries".

Vasile Culea, 33, was charged with Mrs Walker's murder and Mr Walker's attempted murder and pleaded not guilty to both charges at Derby Crown Court in March.

Derbyshire Police said Ken Walker died on Monday at Kingsmill Hospital in Mansfield.

He had served on Bolsover District and Shirebrook Town councils for many years before retiring in 2019. Bolsover Labour group has paid tribute to him, saying he was "a well known and well loved pillar of the Shirebrook community."

They added: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ken and his family at this terribly sad news. Rest in Peace, Ken."

A post-mortem examination has not yet been carried out to ascertain the cause of Mr Walker's death.

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