East Harling Murder Trial Expected Next Year

15 August 2017, 11:52 | Updated: 15 August 2017, 11:57

East HArling scene

A 23-year-old man charged with the murder of an elderly dog walker has been remanded in custody ahead of a trial next year.

Alexander Palmer appeared at Norwich Crown Court accused of murdering 83-year-old grandfather Peter Wrighton, from Banham, Norfolk.

The defendant appeared by videolink from Norwich Prison, sitting beside a prison officer and wearing a yellow and green tracksuit.

No plea was taken and he was remanded in custody ahead of a provisional trial date of February 12 2018, which is estimated to last two weeks.

Palmer, who spoke only to confirm his details, is next due before the courts on September 12 2017 for a plea hearing.

The body of retired BT worker Mr Wrighton, who had been walking his two dogs, was found in woodland near the village of East Harling on August 5.

He had been repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head.

Judge Stephen Holt told Palmer, of Freesia Way, Cringleford, that he would be remanded in custody.

More than a dozen members of the public attended the hearing, which was moved to a larger courtroom to accommodate them.