Murder charge teen's mum weeps in court

A 15-year-old Ipswich girl and a 41-year-old man from the town were today remanded in custody until August 25 after appearing before Ipswich magistrates charged with murder.

A 15-YEAR-old Ipswich girl and a 41-year-old man have been sent to crown court later this month on a murder charge.

The pair were remanded in custody by Ipswich magistrates during their first court appearance today, after being charged with killing Rosalyn Hunt.

The mother-of-two's body was discovered by police at her ground floor flat in Victoria Street, Ipswich, around 11am last Sunday.

The 15-year-old and her co-accused Paul Clarke, of Mountbatten Court, Ipswich, were arrested the following day.

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The pair were charged on Wednesday evening.

The teenager was brought into the dock at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court shortly after 10am today. Her identity can not be revealed due to her age. She was joined by Clarke less than a minute later.

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The pair whispered to each other as the ten-minute hearing began, with the teenager's mother sitting in front of the dock behind her daughter's solicitor.

The mother periodically dabbed her eyes throughout the hearing and at times began to weep and bow her head.

Relatives of 41-year-old Ms Hunt were in the court to watch proceedings, as was Detective Chief Inspector Rick Munns, of Suffolk Police's major investigation team, who is heading up the inquiry.

The teenager, who was wearing a grey sweatshirt, and the bearded Clarke, who was in a white t-shirt and jeans, listened as prosecutor Sandra Dyer outlined the basic details of the case against them.

The specifics of what was said can not be revealed for legal reasons.

The murder charge against the defendants relates to the period between July 29 and August 9, the day Ms Hunt's body was found.

Mark Holt, representing Clarke, said he would not be making a bail application for bail.

David Stewart, representing the 15-year-old, also said he would not be applying for bail on his client's behalf.

Joan Overett, chairman of the bench, told the girl: “We are going to remand you to secure local authority accommodation because we can't deal with this case in this court. It's going to be sent to Ipswich Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on August 25 at 10am.”

Clarke is also remanded in custody until that date.

A third person arrested on suspicion of murdering Ms Hunt was released on bail yesterday evening.

The 27-year-old Ipswich man must return to Ipswich police station on September 25.

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