Nottingham

Maplebeck farm death: Husband charged with murdering wife

Farm in Maplebeck
Image caption Julia Thurgarland was a church warden in Maplebeck

A 71-year-old Nottinghamshire man has appeared in court accused of strangling his wife at their home.

Peter Thurgarland was charged with the murder of his 70-year-old wife Julia in the village of Maplebeck.

The church warden's body was found by paramedics on the afternoon of 28 December at the farm where they lived.

Mr Thurgarland was remanded in custody at Nottingham Magistrates Court and will appear again at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Mrs Thurgarland, an official at the Church of St Radegund in Maplebeck, died from strangulation.

Mr Thurgarland, who was found injured at the scene, was arrested and taken to Lincoln County Hospital for treatment.

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