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East Harling murder trial due to start at Nottingham court

PUBLISHED: 06:00 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:28 20 February 2018

Police have named Peter Wrighton, 83, of Banham, as the victim of the East Harling murder. Picture Norfolk Constabulary

Police have named Peter Wrighton, 83, of Banham, as the victim of the East Harling murder. Picture Norfolk Constabulary

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The trial of a former soldier accused of murdering a dog walker in Norfolk woodlands is due to start today - about 120 miles away in Nottingham.

Nottingham Crown Court where the East Harling murder trial is taking place. Photo Peter Walsh.Nottingham Crown Court where the East Harling murder trial is taking place. Photo Peter Walsh.

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

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

Alexander Palmer, 24, 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.

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.

But following a hearing at the Old Bailey in London, the case was moved to Nottingham Crown Court and is set to get underway today (Tuesday, February 20).

The trial, which will be presided over by The Honourable Mr Justice Goose, 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.

Following Mr Wrighton’s death his family released a statement in which they thanked people for their support.

It said: “We have received so many cards, flowers and kind words from those who knew Peter and it has been a great comfort to us at this time. He would have been so touched to know that so many people thought so highly of him.”

Peter’s son added: “My dad was the sweetest, most mild-mannered, gentle old boy you could wish to meet. To have him taken from us in such a way is, at the moment, too much for us to comprehend.”

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