Essex

Man in court charged with murder of chef in Southend

Reynald Duchene
Image caption Reynald Duchene was a chef in a London restaurant

A man accused of murdering a chef after a classical music concert in Essex, has appeared in court.

Reynald Duchene, 37, of Arlington Square, South Woodham Ferrers, died after attending the concert in Priory Park, Southend, on 26 June.

Karl Wills, 21, from Milton Close, Southend, was remanded in custody at Southend Magistrates' Court.

He was remanded to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday.

Mr Duchene was found collapsed in Priory Crescent about an hour after the concert finished.

Two men, aged 18 and 19 from Southend, have been bailed until August.

Mr Duchene, who lived with his partner and her children, worked as a chef in London.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from a single stab wound to the chest.

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