Judge tells Langwith Junction murder accused he will go on trial in October

Vasile Culea – the man accused of murdering 86-year-old Freda Walker at her Langwith Junction home – will go on trial in October.

By Ben McVay
Tuesday, 25th January 2022, 4:00 pm

The 33-year-old – who appeared at Derby Crown Court today – is also charged with the attempted murder of Freda’s husband Ken.

Freda Walker was found dead at her home in Station Road, Langwith Junction on January 15 – husband Ken was found with life threatening injuries.

Sitting in the dock at the court today Culea – wearing a prison tracksuit and face mask – spoke through an interpreter to confirm his identity.

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Flowers and messages of condolences have been left outside the couple's home and inset, Freda Walker and her husband Ken.

During the hearing a request was made for Queen’s Counsel – a highly skilled barrister – to represent Culea.

Judge Nirmal Shant QC told the court: “It seems to me that one death and one serious injury occurred and this seems to be an attack on an elderly couple in their home.

"It will be a serious serious case that merits Queen’s Counsel.”

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Andrew Peet, prosecuting, told the court the case was still subject of an “ongoing and complex investigation”.

Setting a further hearing for March, Judge Shant told Culea: “Mr Culea, stand up please.

"As far as this case is concerned it will be tried on October 4 – prior to that there will be a further hearing date on March 25.

"On that date you will be expected to tell the court how you intend to plead – guilty or not guilty. In the meantime you are remanded into custody.”

Culea’s appearance today came following his arrest at his home in Grove Road, Church Warsop, last week.

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