Man charged over Georgina Edmonds murder in Brambridge

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Georgina Edmonds died from extensive head injuries

A 32-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an elderly woman at her country cottage more than three years ago.

Georgina Edmonds, 77, was bludgeoned to death at her home in Brambridge, Hampshire, on 11 January 2008.

She was found dead by her son and a friend after he came home from work.

Matthew Hamlen, of Hamilton Road, Eastleigh, appeared at Southampton Magistrates' Court earlier and has been remanded in custody.

Mr Hamlen was led into court handcuffed to two female officers.

Wearing a black hooded top and blue jeans, he spoke only to confirm his name and address.

He will appear for a preliminary and bail hearing at Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday.

Georgina Edmonds lived in the grounds of her son's home.

A post-mortem examination found she died from extensive head injuries.

Police had offered a £30,000 reward in the hope of finding her killer.

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