Police release update on Ken Walker's condition as Vasile Culea denies Langwith Junction murder

Police have released an update on the condition of a former Derbyshire councillor who was seriously injured during an alleged attack in which his wife died.

Friday, 25th March 2022, 3:17 pm

It comes as Vasile Culea, 33, appeared at Derby Crown Court this morning accused of the murder of Freda Walker and the attempted murder of her husband Ken at their home in Langwith Junction.

Derbyshire police confirmed today that Mr Walker ‘has been released from hospital and is continuing his recovery’.

Freda Walker, 86, died during an incident at a house on Station Road on January 15.

An archive image of 'devoted' couple Ken and Freda Walker.

This morning Culea, previously of Church Warsop, Nottinghamshire, denied murder and attempted murder and a trial estimated to last two weeks is set to begin on October 4.

Mr and Mrs Walker were found by a concerned neighbour on the morning of January 15.

Judge Nirmal Shant QC told Culea this morning: “Mr Culea your trial will begin on October 4 but before that you will appear at this court for all matters before your trial to be finalised.

"In the meantime you are remanded into custody.”

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Derbyshire police increased foot patrols ‘to reassure the community’ and provide a more visible police presence.

Tributes flooded in for community volunteer Mrs Walker.

Bolsover District Council leader Steve Fritchley said: “Freda will be sorely missed by her family, friends and the local community.”

A neighbour told us after the incident: “Ken and Freda were devoted to each other. This has shocked everyone who knew them.”