Man appears in court over Dawn's death

A MAN accused of trying to hide the body of fitness fanatic Dawn Walker has made his first appearance before the courts.Nigel Hill, a former work colleague of the 37-year-old, spoke only to confirm his name and address before magistrates sitting in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.

A MAN accused of trying to hide the body of fitness fanatic Dawn Walker has made his first appearance before the courts.

Nigel Hill, a former work colleague of the 37-year-old, spoke only to confirm his name and address before magistrates sitting in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.

Wearing a white shirt and blue tie, Mr Hill sat in court with his hands rested in his lap, watched by around 20 members of the public.

The 36-year-old, of Tostock Road, Beyton, was charged with concealing Miss Walker's body after he was arrested as part of the murder probe in March.


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Miss Walker, who worked at a printing firm in Bury St Edmunds, was last seen at her home in Oak Close, Fornham St Martin, on February 2.

Her charred and semi-naked body was discovered two days later by a mother and daughter walking alongside the River Lark in Fornham Park.

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Police launched a massive investigation and questioned neighbours and fellow members of the gym she used regularly at the Suffolk Swallow Hotel.

The 37-year-old's former boyfriend, Kevin Nunn, 44, of Wright's Way in Woolpit, was taken into custody at the same time as Mr Hill, and has since appeared in court charged with murder.

Earlier this year, he formally pleaded not guilty before Ipswich Crown Court.

During yesterday's hearing, Sarah-Jane Atkins, prosecuting, said it was not alleged that Mr Hill was directly involved in the killing of Dawn Walker, but it was alleged that he assisted with concealment of the body.

Hill, who was released on bail at the time of his arrest on March 16, has been re-released to attend Ipswich Crown Court on August 30 for a preliminary hearing.

The trials of both Hill and Nunn are expected to be dealt with together next year.

Chairman of the bench Muriel Lawrence warned Hill not to break any conditions of his bail, which have been revised on the request of defense solicitor, Paul Ostler.

Following Miss Walker's death, her heartbroken mother Jean, who lives in Bury, said: “Dawn was a loving daughter who gave the family so much to remember her by.

“She grew up with a zest for life and achieved so much. She viewed life as a challenge which she faced head-on.

“Dawn always had a thought for others. She was able to fulfill many of her ambitions in life and enjoyed attending a fitness club and being amongst friends.”

Last month, scores of mourners paid their respects to Miss Walker at a packed St Martin's Church, near her home in Fornham St Martin.

During the touching funeral service, poignant tributes were read to the highly regarded music-lover, who enjoyed dancing, keeping fit and socialising.

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