PCSO Julia James, 53, was killed in an ‘extraordinarily violent and apparently random’ assault and forensic officers are analyzing ‘iron bar’, court docket is advised – as suspect, 21, faces four-week trial
- PCSO Julia James, 53, was discovered useless close to to Akholt Woods, Kent, on April 27
- Callum Wheeler, aged 21, from Aylesham, in Kent, was arrested on Friday, Might 7
- Wheeler has now appeared at Maidstone Crown Court docket charged with the homicide
Murdered PCSO Julia James was killed in an ‘extraordinarily violent and apparently random’ assault a court docket heard right now.
The small print emerged as the person accused of bludgeoning her to loss of life was advised he faces a four-week trial.
Callum Wheeler, 21, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court docket, Kent, through video hyperlink with London‘s Belmarsh Jail, having been charged on Monday.
Carrying a gray T-shirt and trousers with black masks, he merely replied ‘Yeah’ when requested to verify his identify through the listening to in entrance of Choose Philip Statman, and sat flanked by jail officers and together with his arms folded underneath his prime.
The court docket was advised the earliest begin date for a trial could be November 29, with a time estimate of as much as 4 weeks.
No members of Mrs James’ household attended the listening to.
Prosecutor Martin Yale advised the court docket she died because of an ‘extraordinarily violent and apparently random’ assault.
Callum Wheeler, aged 21, from Aylesham, in Kent, was arrested on Friday, Might 7
Detectives investigating the loss of life of PCSO Julia James charged Callum Wheeler, 21
He added there have been a variety of ‘excellent forensic enquiries’, together with ones on an iron bar.
Mrs James, a 53-year-old mom of two, was allegedly murdered by Wheeler whereas strolling her beloved Jack Russell canine Toby close to to her dwelling in Snowdown, within the parish of Aylesham, Kent, on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 27.
Her physique was discovered subsequent to Akholt Wooden within the Aylesham Highway space at about 4pm by members of the general public, along with her canine unhurt beside her.
A autopsy examination revealed the grandmother had suffered vital head accidents.
Cops line up as they put together to stroll into the woodlands throughout their searches for proof following Mrs James’ loss of life
Cops search a area off Ratling Highway in Aylesham, Kent, earlier right now as a part of the investigation into the loss of life
Wheeler, of Sunshine Nook Avenue, Aylesham, was arrested on Friday, Might 7, and charged three days later. He appeared earlier than Medway magistrates on Tuesday (Might 11) the place he was remanded in custody till the crown court docket listening to.
That very same day, officers from the Kent and Essex Critical Crime Directorate staged a reconstruction of the PCSO’s final steps, along with her pet being walked by an actress.
Mrs James, who was married to Paul, 57, had been working from dwelling on the day she was killed and is believed to have set off from the property simply after 2pm.
Lesley Manley, defending Wheeler, confirmed there could be a necessity for a psychiatric evaluation.
There was no software for bail however Mr Yale stated it might be opposed.
Wheeler was remanded in custody by Choose Statman till a plea and trial preparation listening to on June 8.
Described as ‘fiercely loyal’ by her household, she labored with the Vulnerability Investigation Workforce primarily based at Canterbury police station, serving to home abuse victims.
The homicide investigation has concerned intensive searches of the realm, together with Wheeler’s dwelling since his arrest. Sniffer canine had been introduced in yesterday to help forensic groups.