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Freda Walker: man charged over murder of 86-year-old and attempted murder of her husband

Vasile Culea, 33, was charged with the murder of 86-year-old Freda Walker and the attempted murder of her husband Kenneth

<p>Kenneth and Freda Walker.</p>

Kenneth and Freda Walker.

A man has been charged in connection with the murder of an 86-year-old woman and the attempted murder of her 88-year-old husband.

Vasile Culea was arrested on Thursday after Freda Walker was killed in a violent incident at her home in Langwith Junction, Shirebrook, near Bolsover in Derbyshire.

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Her 88-year-old husband, Kenneth Walker, suffered life-threatening injuries.

The couple were found by a concerned neighbour at 9am on Saturday 15 January, at the property in Station Road.

Derbyshire Police said Culea, 33, had been remanded into custody after being charged with murder and attempted murder.

Mr Walker, a town councillor, is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

‘Our thoughts remain with the couple’s family’

Assistant Chief Constable David Kirby said: “I would like to thank all those who have come forward and supported the investigation so far.

“The incident has had an understandable impact on the community of Langwith Junction and the wider Shirebrook area.

“Our thoughts remain with the couple’s family and friends and I, along with the whole of Derbyshire Constabulary, send our best wishes to Ken.

“While today’s charge is clearly positive news, and one that I hope brings a degree of reassurance, the investigation into the incident continues and I would once again appeal for anyone who has any information to come forward.

“In particular detectives still want to speak to anyone who was walking or driving on Station Road between 4.30pm on Friday 14 January and 9am on Saturday 15 January to come forward as soon as possible.”

Culea, of Grove Road, Church Warsop, Nottinghamshire, will appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

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