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Beheading accused Nicholas Salvador denies Palmira Silva murder

Palmira Silva Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Police do not know whether Palmira Silva knew her attacker

A man accused of beheading an 82-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to murder by reason of insanity.

Nicholas Salvador, 25, of Enfield, also pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey to assault by ABH, by reason of insanity.

He is accused of killing Palmira Silva, found dead in a garden in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, north London, in September 2014.

Mr Salvador is also charged with assaulting a police officer.

Police found Ms Silva's body after being called to the area following reports an animal had been attacked.

Neighbours paid tribute to Ms Silva, an Italian widow who ran a cafe in Church Street, near Edmonton Green station.

Sylvia Lewis said: "She was a lovely lady, she didn't have a bad bone in her body."

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