Bournemouth Nurse Murder: Three Women Bailed

5 June 2014, 11:14

Three women, arrested in connection with the murder of Poole Hospital nurse Rui Li, have been released on bail until mid-July.

The women, aged 25, 28 and 65 and all from Bournemouth, were detained on Tuesday on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Ms Li's body was found inside a Fiat Punto in Verwood Crescent near Hengistbury Head last Friday night, having been last seen alive on 23 May.

Her husband, Pierre Legris, 60, is accused of murdering the 44-year-old at his home in Burnham Drive, Bournemouth between 22 and 31 May.

He was remanded into custody after appearing at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday (4 June). He's due back at the court to enter a plea on 22 September, with a provisional trial date set for November 2014.

His son, 26-year-old Jonathan Legris, has been charged with assisting an offender and has been bailed to appear before Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on 17 June.

Yesterday an inquest into Ms Li's death was opened and adjourned.

The hearing heard she died from blunt force trauma to the head. The results of toxicology and histology tests are still pending.

A Dorset Police spokeswoman said:

``Three women aged 25, 28 and 65-years-old respectively, all from Bournemouth, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are helping officers with their enquiries.''

Ms Li was last seen alive by her 18-year-old daughter, Lu Yao, at their home in Burnham Drive on the evening of 23 May.

The nurse was captured on CCTV earlier that day as she drove out of the car park at Poole Hospital in her Porsche Boxster car after finishing work.

Ms Li moved to the UK from China a decade ago and had worked at the hospital since 2009.