Woman faces teen murder charge

A 40-YEAR-old woman is due in court today charged with murdering missing Yarmouth teenager Simon Everitt, whose badly decomposed body was found on a remote Norfolk farm on Saturday.

A 40-YEAR-old woman is due in court today charged with murdering missing Yarmouth teenager Simon Everitt, whose badly decomposed body was found on a remote Norfolk farm on Saturday.

Maria Chandler will appear at Yarmouth Magistrates' Court to be formally accused of murdering the 17-year student between June 6 and 28 at Mautby where Simon's body was discovered.

Simon was last seen three weeks ago by the James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, on the evening of June 7.

On Saturday police found his body in woodland by a sugar beet crop at Church Farm in Mautby, near Yarmouth.


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The grim discovery follows the arrest of Chandler, of Lancaster Road, Yarmouth, on suspicion of murder on Thursday.

Simon's body was in a state of decomposition and it is thought it may have been at the secluded piece of woodland for the last three weeks.

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Although police will wait until tomorrow to confirm the identity of the body through DNA tests the detective leading the murder inquiry Detective Chief Inspector Steve Strong is convinced that the corpse is Simon's.

The tragic news that Simon's body has been found has devastated his family, who are still clinging to the glimmer of hope that he is still missing and has run away.

Since he disappeared Simon's father Vince Everitt, a pub entertainer from Yarmouth, has put up posters across the resort asking for information on his whereabouts.

A family statement issued on Saturday said: “Police family liaison officers this morning broke to us news of the discovery of the body believed to our son.

We feel at this time that the news is upsetting and we are going to have to wait to find out if this is Simon's body.

“Simon is missed and loved and he needs to know we still hold him in our hearts and thoughts.

“Until we are told differently our posters stay up and we will still be looking for our son.”

Simon studied engineering at Yarmouth College and he lived in a bedsit in Beach House Hotel, Marine Parade, Yarmouth.

The woodland by the sugar beet crop was cordoned off by police on Thursday as forensic teams started to search the area off Mautby Lane as part of a large scale murder inquiry, which involves 20 officers.

Det Chief Insp Strong, suspects that Simon was abducted and taken to the farm where he was then murdered.

He said “I am satisfied as I can be at this stage that the body we have located is that of Simon Everitt.

“I have spoken to his family and understandably they are very upset, asking lots of questions and are in a state of disbelief.”

“We believe Simon was bought here against his will and ultimately murdered. There will be further arrests.”

The body has been taken away for a post mortem and forensic investigators are expected to remain at Church Farm for a few more days.

On Thursday the police found his mountain bike in a lay-by at Corton, near Lowestoft.

Two men aged 19 and 24 have been arrested on the suspicion of Simon's murder and were bailed pending further inquiries.

The police are asking anyone who saw a suspicious vehicle in the Mautby area in the last three weeks to contact the major investigation team on 0845 4564567.

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