Joan Roddam murder: Suspect in court

Joan Roddam Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption A post-mortem examination revealed Joan Roddam died from asphyxiation

A man charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found over a decade ago has appeared in court.

Patrick Curran, 38, from West Down Road, Delabole, Cornwall, has been charged with the murder of Joan Roddam.

Mrs Roddam, 74, was found dead at the back of her home at West Down Road, Delabole, on 8 November 2003.

Mr Curran appeared at Bodmin Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody to reappear at Plymouth Crown Court on Thursday.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mrs Roddam had died from asphyxiation.

She was last seen alive two days earlier and lived alone with her three cats.

Her body was discovered after a friend was unable to contact her.

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