Jury sworn in for trial of East Harling murder accused Alexander Palmer

Alexander Palmer, 24, has been found guilty of murdering Peter Wrighton. Picture: FACEBOOK

Alexander Palmer, 24, has been found guilty of murdering Peter Wrighton. Picture: FACEBOOK - Credit: Facebook

A jury has been sworn in to try a former soldier accused of murdering a dog walker in woodland near East Harling.

A post-mortem examination revealed Peter Wrighton died from multiple stab wounds. Picture: SUPPLIED

A post-mortem examination revealed Peter Wrighton died from multiple stab wounds. Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY - Credit: Archant

The body of dog walker 83-year-old Peter Wrighton, a married father and grandfather from Banham, was discovered on August 5 last year.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Wrighton, a retired BT worker, died from multiple stab wounds to the neck and head.

Alexander Palmer, 24, of Freesia Way, Cringleford, who served with the British Army between 2010-2015, was charged with murder but pleaded not guilty in December.

Police at the scene in East Harling last year. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Police at the scene in East Harling last year. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

He was due to stand trial at Norwich Crown Court in the week beginning February 12 but following a hearing at London’s Old Bailey, the case was moved to Nottingham Crown Court and is set to get underway today (Tuesday, February 20).


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A jury of eight women and four men have been sworn in to try the defendant.

Palmer did not object to any of the 12 jurors who were selected from the panel.

Peter Wrighton's body was found in woodland near East Harling on August 5 last year. Picture : ANTON

Peter Wrighton's body was found in woodland near East Harling on August 5 last year. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

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The defendant appears in court in a secure dock with frosted glass sides meaning he cannot easily be seen from the public gallery where members of Mr Wrighton’s family are seated as well as members of his own family.

There is also a sizable press contingent among those watching proceedings with national as well as local media outlets attending the trial.

The trial, which is being presided over by The Honourable Mr Justice Goose, is scheduled to last for two to three weeks.

Mr Wrighton was described as a “lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather” who loved walking his dogs, Gemma and Dylan.

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