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Murder Accused Decides Not To Attend Trial

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6:02am 9th January 2015

A court has heard a man accused of killing a Delabole pensioner more than ten years ago strangled her after visiting her home for sex.

Patrick Curran of West Down Road in Delabole denies murdering 74 year old Joan Roddam, but is not actually in court.

The judge told the jury at Truro Crown Court the 38 year old had decided not to attend.

But the trial is going ahead, with the prosecution outlining its case.

Mrs Roddam's body was found covered in a blanket, under a wheelbarrow in a field behind her home back in November 2003.

It was discovered by a delivery driver, who raised the alarm.

A pathologist concluded she had been strangled as well as suffering other injuries to her head and body.

Mr Curran was described as "an isolated figure in the community" whose attic bedroom had views over Mrs Roddam's house.

Forensic evidence linked also linked him to the scene at her home, where she had lived alone for seven years since the death of her husbad, the court heard.

The trial continues.

You can read more about the case here.

6:02am 9th January 2015

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