Italian man, 26, seems in courtroom charged with murdering creator, 53, at Devon farm

Italian man, 26, appears in court charged with murdering author, 53, at Devon farm

AN Italian farm employee has appeared in courtroom right now charged with the homicide of an creator discovered lifeless in a bull pen on a village farm.

Luigi Palmas, 26, was charged with the homicide of Katherine Bevan, 53, whose physique was found at Combe Farm Arabians in Gittisham, Devon on January 3.

Detectives launched a homicide investigation two weeks after Katherine Bevan, 53, was discovered lifeless
Cops had been known as to Combe Farm Arabian the place the physique of Katherine was discovered on January 3
A 26-year-old Italian farm employee has been charged with homicide after Katherine’s loss of life

Police launched a homicide probe after a publish mortem and arrested the Italian backpacker on suspicion of homicide.

In a three-minute look at Exeter magistrates courtroom, a translator informed Palmas he was charged with homicide.

He shook his head because the cost was put to him by authorized adviser Anna Clarkson.

Palmas was additionally charged with assault inflicting precise bodily hurt to Nicolas Harris on Monday this week.

Wearing a gray tracksuit prime and bottoms, Palmas was handcuffed to considered one of two dock officers who flanked him within the dock.

He’ll seem at Exeter Crown Courtroom on February 20th and was remanded in custody.

Thriller surrounds the loss of life and locals say animal lover Katherine was discovered and not using a mark on her physique.

Combe Farm Arabians breeds thoroughbred horses and frequently welcomes backpackers.

Talking this morning, farm proprietor Michael Harris informed Solar On-line: “He [Palmas] was a really good individual and really prepared, energetic, onerous working.


“[He had been at the farm] for one thing like three and a half weeks. He got here on his personal. He was really useful by a mutual pal who had been to the farm.

“He was dwelling on the home in one of many bedrooms. He used to have communal supper after we all ate spherical the identical desk.

“He was very nice. There was nothing objectionable about him in any respect. And he was very useful.”

He added: “This place has been a sanctuary for thus many individuals through the years and for it to finish like that is simply the worst factor that would ever occur in my worst nightmares.

“It has healed so many individuals right here it’s a stunning place. Kate stated this in her e book and in lots of, many conversations. She was so joyful right here.

“No person deserves that to occur to them, however Kate particularly. She was only a great spirit and soul.”

The farm has dozens of volunteers on the location all year long, in keeping with its web site.

Simply earlier than Christmas Kate had printed a e book known as “Figuring out Daisy”, a cow she met on the farm 4 years in the past when it was only a few days outdated.

Kate had been dwelling on the farm for round a yr.

In her e book, she described the bull she taken care of, Jumbo, as “good-natured” however with the potential to be “lethal harmful”.


Mr Harris informed The Solar the arrest of the Italian nationwide was “an entire shock”.

He stated: “There was nothing concerning the arrested man that ever instructed he was a hazard to anybody. I might hate to assume that I had taken in anybody like that.

He added: “She was a stunning individual, an exquisite individual. She got here to reside her a few yr in the past.”

Final evening Katherine’s estranged husband, additionally known as Michael, stated: “She was marvellous – an exquisite individual.

“She was so devoted to all the pieces she did and he or she was beloved by everybody.”

He’s nonetheless dwelling on the household house close by.

A neighborhood lady – who didn’t wish to be named – stated: “We thought she could have had a coronary heart assault within the pen. Others thought she could have been trampled by the bull, however there would have been apparent wounds.

“I’m actually shocked that the police are saying it is a homicide.”

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Nancy Abdel, 38, who labored with Katherine for some time, stated: “Kate is by far is probably the most compassionate individual I’ve ever met in my life.

“It’s so very unhappy that any individual as superb as her along with her life and all of the superb plans she had for the longer term is not going to now accomplish them. I’m devastated.”

It’s was initially thought Katherine’s loss of life was not suspicious.

The Well being and Security Govt had been knowledgeable because it seemed to be a deadly work accident.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson stated a autopsy was accomplished on Saturday on the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The spokesman stated: “As a consequence, officers from the Main Crime Group based mostly in Exeter have launched a homicide investigation.

“A 26-year-old native man has been arrested on suspicion of homicide. He stays in police custody right now.”

Locals stated the animal lover was discovered and not using a mark on her physique
Combe Farm frequently welcomes backpackers from the “Workaway organisation” and has dozens of volunteers on the location all year long
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