Man charged with murder of wife unfit to enter plea

Gemma Cowey, whose husband is currently unfit to plead over the murder of his wife in Thorpe St Andr

Gemma Cowey, whose husband is currently unfit to plead over the murder of his wife in Thorpe St Andrew Picture: Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Archant

A man charged with the murder of his wife who was found stabbed to death at a derelict former Victorian mental health hospital is currently unfit to enter a plea.

Police were called to the site in Thorpe St Andrew near Norwich at around 12.45pm on Friday following reports that a woman, later identified as mother-of-three Gemma Cowey, had been found with serious injuries.

Emergency services attended the site off Yarmouth Road but despite treatment the 38-year-old died at the scene.

Michael Cowey, 48, of Dragoon Close, Thorpe St Andrew, has been charged with murder and possession of knives in a public place and the case was listed at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday (August 18) for a plea and trial preparation hearing (PTPH), although the defendant did not attend as he is in hospital and “currently unfit” to enter a plea.

The case was adjourned until October 9.


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Potential trial dates of December 7 and January 4 had previously been identified.

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