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Former soldier could enter plea to East Harling murder charge

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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A man accused of murdering 83-year-old dog walker Peter Wrighton in woodland near East Harling could enter a plea to the charge tomorrow.

Peter Wrighton. Picture Norfolk ConstabularyPeter Wrighton. Picture Norfolk Constabulary

The body of Mr Wrighton, a married father and grandfather from Banham, was discovered in woodland 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.

He appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday, September 12 for a plea hearing.

Police at the scene of the murder in East Harling. Picture: Nick ButcherPolice at the scene of the murder in East Harling. Picture: Nick Butcher

However, it was adjourned for psychiatric reports.

He is due to appear at Norwich Crown Court tomorrow (Friday, November 17) via videolink from Belmarsh prison.

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

A statement released by police on behalf of Mr Wrighton’s family following his death, paid tribute to his “kind nature” and his “love of walking his dogs and chatting with people to pass the time of day”.

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