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Man in court over beheading death

A man has appeared in court accused of beheading a grandmother with a machete in her back garden.

Nicholas Salvador, 25, was led into the glass-fronted dock with his hands cuffed behind his back, escorted by four uniformed police officers.

Salvador is alleged to have killed Palmira Silva, 82, in the garden of her home in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, on Thursday.

Jobless Salvador, of Gilda Avenue, Enfield, north London, is charged with murdering Mrs Silva and with assaulting a police officer, Pc Bernie Hamilton.

He was remanded in custody by District Judge Julian Newton and will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

According to reports, Mrs Silva moved to London from her native Italy with her husband Domenico six decades ago. They married and had a daughter, Celestina and a son, Rino, it is reported.

An array of floral tributes has been left outside the family's restaurant, Silva's Cafe, in Church Street, near Edmonton Green station.

Scotland Yard later said that while formal identification had yet to take place, officers were satisfied that the woman was Palmira Silva, and that a post-mortem examination carried out today at Haringey mortuary gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the heart and aorta.

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