Man charged with murder of dog-walker Peter Wrighton at East Harling has his case put off for a month

Alexander Palmer, 23, who has been charged with the murder of Peter Wrighton. Picture: FACEBOOK

Alexander Palmer, 23, who has been charged with the murder of Peter Wrighton. Picture: FACEBOOK - Credit: Facebook

The case of a former soldier accused of the murder of an 83-year-old dog walker in East Harling has been adjourned.

83-year-old Peter Wrighton, who was murdered near East Harling. Pictures: SUPPLIED BY THE FAMILY

83-year-old Peter Wrighton, who was murdered near East Harling. Pictures: SUPPLIED BY THE FAMILY - Credit: Archant

The body of Peter Wrighton, a married father and grandfather from Banham, was discovered in woodland near East Harling on Saturday, August 5.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from multiple stab wounds to the neck and head.

Alexander Palmer, 23, of Freesia Way, Cringleford, who served with the British Army between 2010 and 2015, has been charged with his murder and there was a short hearing at the crown court, although the defendant did not attend.

His case at Norwich Crown Court has been adjourned until December 19.


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Mr Wrighton, a former BT worker, was described as a “lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather” who loved walking his dogs, Gemma and Dylan. A statement released on behalf of his family paid tribute to Mr Wrighton’s kind nature.

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