40-year-old remanded on murder charge

A 40-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a disabled man found dead at his home in Fakenham.Anthony Griffiths, 60, was found dead at his ground floor flat in Hall Close last Monday.

A 40-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a disabled man found dead at his home in Fakenham.

Anthony Griffiths, 60, was found dead at his ground floor flat in Hall Close last Monday. A post mortem revealed he died from a stab wound.

During a brief hearing at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court on Thursday, Neil Hirrel, of Wensum Way, was charged with Mr Griffiths's murder. He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

Wearing a plain grey sweater, the stocky, unshaven Hirrel appeared calm throughout the proceedings, chewing gum while prosecutor Susanna Chowdhury outlined the case against him.


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No plea was entered and defence solicitor Giles Debenham made no application for bail.

Hirrel was remanded in custody until March 26 when he will appear at Norwich Crown Court.

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A post mortem report prepared for an inquest into Mr Griffiths' death, which opened in Norwich on Tuesday, revealed he died from a stab wound. The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

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