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East Harling murder trial delayed and moved to Nottingham court

PUBLISHED: 16:20 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:25 19 January 2018

Alexander Palmer, 23, who has been charged with the murder of Peter Wrighton. Picture Facebook.

Alexander Palmer, 23, who has been charged with the murder of Peter Wrighton. Picture Facebook.

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The trial of a former soldier accused of murdering a dog walker in Norfolk woodlands has been delayed by a week and moved to a court 120 miles away.

Peter Wrighton, 83, of Banham, the victim of the East Harling murder. Picture Norfolk ConstabularyPeter Wrighton, 83, of Banham, the victim of the East Harling murder. Picture Norfolk Constabulary

The body of dog walker Peter Wrighton, a married father and grandfather from Banham, was discovered near East Harling on Saturday, August 5.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from multiple stab wounds to the neck and head.

Alexander Palmer, 23, of Freesia Way, Cringleford, who served with the British Army between 2010 and 2015, was charged with murder but pleaded not guilty in December last year.

He was due to stand trial at Norwich Crown Court in the week beginning February 12.

Police investigating the scene of the murder of Peter Wrighton in East Harling. 
Picture: NICK BUTCHERPolice investigating the scene of the murder of Peter Wrighton in East Harling. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

But following a hearing at the Old Bailey in London, the case has been moved to Nottingham Crown Court in the week begining February 19.

The trial is scheduled to last for two to three weeks.

Mr Wrighton, a former BT worker, was described as a “lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather” who loved walking his dogs, Gemma and Dylan.

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