Finchampstead man charged with murder after a pensioner was found dead in Stafford on Christmas Day

Published: 29 Dec 2013 10:30

A MAN from Finchampstead has been charged with murder after a pensioner was found dead in Stafford in the early hours of Christmas Day.

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The body of Bernard James Smith, known locally as Jim, was found on the corner of Shakespeare Road and Wordsworth Avenue in Stafford's Highfields estate at around 12.50am and a post mortem revealed the 83-year-old died from multiple chest injuries.

Police arrested and charged a man with murder and refusing to provide a specimen for breath analysis and he appeared before Cannock Magistrates' Court yesterday (Saturday).

The man has been remanded in custody and will appear before Stafford Crown Court tomorrow (Monday).

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