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Man remanded on murder charge after pensioner found in allotment garage

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an 80-year-old grandmother whose body was found in a garage at an allotment.

Rahim Mohammadi, 40, of Goldsmiths Row, east London, was charged on Sunday with the murder of Lea Adri-Soejoko, the Metropolitan Police said.

The pensioner, who was strangled with a ligature, was discovered on Tuesday in Colindale, north-west London, in a lock-up store at the allotment where she was secretary.

A post-mortem examination took place at Northwick Park Hospital on March 1 revealing the cause of death was ligature of the neck, the Met said almost a week after her death.

Mohammadi, who was arrested on Friday, appeared in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Monday for a five-minute hearing.

With the help of a translator speaking Farsi, he confirmed his name, address and date of birth and held his hands clasped together.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on March 8, when he will be able to apply for bail.

Meanwhile, officers will be in the area of the allotments between 2pm and 6pm on Monday and are keen to speak to anyone who knew Ms Adri-Soejoko, or who saw or spoke to her in the days leading up to her death.

She was wearing black wellington boots with white spots and pink piping around the sole and top of the boot, a navy blue quilted jacket and grey trousers, the Met said.

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