Teen accused of gran's murder in fire has mental health remand extended

Vera Croghan, 89, who died in a house fire on Unthank Road in Norwich

Vera Croghan, 89, who died in a house fire on Unthank Road in Norwich - Credit: The Croghan Family

A teenager accused of the murder of his grandmother and attempted murder of his father in a house fire in Norwich has had his stay at a secure mental health unit extended.

Vera Croghan, 89, died following a blaze at her home on Unthank Road on December 11 last year. 

Police forensics teams were investigating the house fire on Unthank Road in which an elderly woman died.

Vera Croghan, 89, died following a blaze at her home on Unthank Road, Norwich, in December last year. - Credit: Archant

Police were called but, at around 7am, the body of Mrs Croghan was discovered inside the property. 

Chanatorn Croghan, 19, of Northside, Norwich, has been charged with murder and appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday, August 17 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

Forensics teams are continuing to investigate a fatal house fire in Unthank Road in Norwich.

Vera Croghan, 89, died following a blaze at her home on Unthank Road, Norwich, in December last year. - Credit: Archant

But the court was told Croghan, who has also been charged with the attempted murder of Richard Croghan, the victim's son and father of the accused, and of arson, was still suffering from a psychotic illness and personality disorder meaning that the case was further adjourned.

He was made the subject of a further remand under Section 36 of the Mental Health Act by Judge Anthony Bate who listed the matter for September 14.

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