Found Deceased UK - Claire Knights, 54, diabetic, last seen a.m. Upstreet village, nr Canterbury, Kent, later in Minnis Bay, 23 Aug 2023 *arrest*

There also has been a young male who was missing the night of the 22nd August in exactly this area, appeal put out by Kent Police. He has since been found.

This is the man who has been charged.

An article in The Isle of Thanet News gives confirmation of the fact that he had been found, together with other personal details.

The Isle of Thanet News website artcile

At the time the article was written, there was nothing to officially link him to Claire's murder, although I suspect that one or two of us here had made the link in our own minds.
There's a picture of him on the right here in an earlier news article about his employer.

Today Lawrence-van Pooss, from Margate, appeared via live link at Maidstone Crown Court from the NHS Trevor Gibbens mental health unit in the town where he spoke only to confirm his name.

His Honour Judge Julian Smith, Honorary Recorder, set a Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing for December 19 at Canterbury Crown Court.

He also listed a provisional date for a three week trial to begin at the same court on June 3 next year.

Lawrence-van Pooss was remanded in custody.


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