Man In Court Charged With Bournemouth Murder

A Bournemouth man's appeared in court charged with murdering a woman in the town.

38-year-old Hayley Dean was found at a flat in Gainslea Court in Derby Road on Friday (16 September) with serious head injuries.

Detectives say her family have been told - but formal identification is yet to take place.

Tests found she died from blunt force trauma to her head.

50-year-old James Augustus John D’Arcy, from Bournemouth, appeared before magistrates in the town today (Monday) charged with her murder. He was remanded in custody, to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday 20 September.

A Dorset Police statement said:

'At around 6.23pm on Friday 16 September 2016, officers were alerted to reports that a woman had died at an address in Gainslea Court in Derby Road in the town.

'On arrival officers discovered that a woman had sustained a serious head injury. Sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene.

'She has been named by detectives as 38-year-old Hayley Dean, although formal identification is yet to take place.

'Her family have been informed are being kept updated by family liaison officers. The coroner has also been notified.

'A post mortem examination held today found that Hayley died from blunt force trauma to her head.

'A murder investigation was launched and is being led by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

'50-year-old James Augustus John D’Arcy of Bournemouth has been charged with murder. He is due to appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday 19 September 2016.'

Detective Inspector Neil Phillips, of MCIT, said: 

“Following a fast-moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of murder.

“Family liaison officers have updated Hayley’s family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“It is also important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.

“Detectives continue to work on this investigation and I would appeal to any witnesses who are yet to speak with officers, to contact Dorset Police. The victim and charged man were known to each other.

“I would like to hear from anyone who heard anything suspicious in or around Gainslea Court between 2pm on Thursday 15 September and 6.30pm on Friday 16 September. I am particularly keen to speak with any members of the public who saw or spoke with Hayley Dean or James D’Arcy between these times.

“Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to carry out high visibility patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the community and can be contacted with any concerns.”

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