GUILTY UK - Julia James, 53, murdered, Snowdown, Kent, 27 April 2021 *ARREST* #2

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Hearing today.

A murder trial jury will visit the crime scene where community support officer Julia James was killed, the Old Bailey heard. Ms James, 53, was discovered with fatal head injuries near Akholt Wood, Snowdown, near Dover, Kent, on 27 April last year. Callum Wheeler, 22, who is accused of murder is remanded to secure unit Broadmoor Hospital and did not attend the hearing today.

Jurors will visit site where CSO was killed – Court News UK


Central Criminal Court 1 U20210187
Wheeler, Callum
Details: Plea and Trial Preparation - Case Started - 09:30
Plea and Trial Preparation - Hearing finished - 10:18

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The defendant, from Aylesham, in Kent, has previously pleaded not guilty to murder.

On Friday, the defendant, who is in custody, did not attend a pre-trial hearing but was represented by his barrister by video-link.

The case is being prosecuted by Alison Morgan QC, who attended court in person.

Members of Ms James’ family sat at the back of Court One of the Old Bailey in London as preparations for the trial were discussed.

Ms Justice Cheema-Grubb confirmed a four-week trial at Canterbury Crown Court would be opened on 9 May, having been put off last year.

Man accused of murdering PCSO Julia James to stand trial in May
 

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Daily Courtroom List for Monday 09 May 2022
FINAL 4

Court 6 - sitting at 10:00 am

THE HONOURABLE MRS JUSTICE CHEEMA-GRUBB




For Trial

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10:10 Will Rider

Who was Julia James?​

Julia was a wife, mum-of-two and a grandmother and was a big part of the Aylesham and Snowdown community
Callum Wheeler, 22, allegedly killed Julia near Ackholt Wood, close to her home on April 27 last year.
The 53-year-old had been walking her Jack Russell dog Toby before she was found dead with head injuries.
Julia was a serving Kent Police PCSO and worked with victims of domestic abuse.
 

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12:27Will Rider

Prosecution opening​

Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC is delivering her opening statement. She has told the court that while Wheeler denies the charge of murder, he does accept he killed Julia.
She said:
In the early afternoon of April 27 last year, Julia James was murdered while she was walking her dog in a wood near to her home.

The evidence suggests that her attacker was waiting in the woods for someone to attack and then ambushed her.

Julia tried to escape her attacker but was subjected to a brutal attack. She sustained fatal injuries.

The prosecution’s case is that there is a large body of evidence that the attacker was this defendant Callum Wheeler.

Although he denied responsibility for some time, he does now accept that he was the person that killed Julia James however he does not accept that he is guilty of murder.



 

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Afternoon dog walks​

Ms Morgan has been laying out Julia James' walking habits to the court.

She said:


Julia James was 53 years old when she was killed. She lived on The Crescent in Snowdown.



Julia was a PCSO but she was not on duty at the time of the event. In fact, she was taking her dog Toby for afternoon walks.



Julia would go for regular afternoon walks in area of her home, including walking in and around the area of Ackholt Wood. Wood located between Snowdown and Aylesham.



Julia would often walk to a spot which she knew as “butterfly corner” it was of personal significance to her. Julia would walk to that particular point before then retracing her steps walking back to her home.



On April 27 she was wearing a blue coat with a hood, and she wore a pair of black wellingtons. Her body was found lying face down with hood up around her head.



 
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