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Trial next year for man accused of murdering dog walker, 83

Alexander Palmer appeared at Norwich Crown Court accused of murdering 83-year-old grandfather Peter Wrighton.

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Peter Wrighton was murdered while walking his dogs in woodland near the village of East Harling in Norfolk (Norfolk Police/PA)

Peter Wrighton was murdered while walking his dogs in woodland near the village of East Harling in Norfolk (Norfolk Police/PA)

Peter Wrighton was murdered while walking his dogs in woodland near the village of East Harling in Norfolk (Norfolk Police/PA)

A 23-year-old man charged with the murder of an elderly dog walker has been remanded in custody ahead of a trial next year.

Alexander Palmer appeared at Norwich Crown Court accused of murdering 83-year-old grandfather Peter Wrighton, from Banham, Norfolk.

The defendant appeared by videolink from Norwich Prison, sitting beside a prison officer and wearing a yellow and green tracksuit.

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Alexander Palmer appeared by videolink from Norwich Prison (Chris Radburn/PA)

Alexander Palmer appeared by videolink from Norwich Prison (Chris Radburn/PA)

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Alexander Palmer appeared by videolink from Norwich Prison (Chris Radburn/PA)

No plea was taken and he was remanded in custody ahead of a provisional trial date of February 12 2018, which is estimated to last two weeks.

Palmer, who spoke only to confirm his details, is next due before the courts on September 12 2017 for a plea hearing.

The body of retired BT worker Mr Wrighton, who had been walking his two dogs, was found in woodland near the village of East Harling on August 5.

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A provisional trial date of February 12 2018 has been set and is estimated to last two weeks (Norfolk Police/PA)

A provisional trial date of February 12 2018 has been set and is estimated to last two weeks (Norfolk Police/PA)

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A provisional trial date of February 12 2018 has been set and is estimated to last two weeks (Norfolk Police/PA)

He had been repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head.

Judge Stephen Holt told Palmer, of Freesia Way, Cringleford, that he would be remanded in custody.

More than a dozen members of the public attended the hearing, which was moved to a larger courtroom to accommodate them.

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