Man denies murdering pensioner in 'horrendous' home attack

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Freda and Ken Walker, who were attacked in their home - SWNS/Derbyshire Police
Freda and Ken Walker, who were attacked in their home - SWNS/Derbyshire Police

A man has denied murdering a pensioner in a "horrendous" attack at her home.

Vasile Culea, 33, was arrested after retired machinist Freda Walker, 86, was killed in a violent incident at her home in Langwith Junction, near Bolsover in Derbyshire, which also left her husband Ken with critical injuries.

Culea appeared at Derby Crown Court on Friday and followed proceedings through a Romanian interpreter, pleading not guilty to murder and attempted murder.

The charges allege Culea, of Church Warsop, Nottinghamshire, murdered Mrs Walker on January 14 and attempted to murder 88-year-old town councillor Mr Walker on the same date.

A concerned neighbour found the couple at 9am on January 15.

An inquest opening at Chesterfield Coroner's Court previously heard Mrs Walker died as a result of head injuries and airway obstruction.

Derbyshire Police previously said one of their leading lines of inquiry was that the incident was a suspected burglary.

Remanding the defendant into custody, Judge Nirmal Shant QC told Culea: "Mr Culea your trial will take place on October 4.

"Before that, you will be at this court on July 8 for all matters before your trial to be finalised.

"In the meantime, you are remanded in custody."

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