Cambridgeshire

St Neots beheaded scientist Samantha Ho married to suspect

Samantha Ho Image copyright Cambridgeshire Police
Image caption The body of Samantha Ho was found at a house in Curlew Place, St Neots

The man accused of beheading a scientist was her husband, it has emerged.

Samantha Ho, 39, was found in Curlew Place, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday.

Her husband Timothy Allen, 40, is due to go on trial in Cambridge for her murder next year. It was previously reported Mr Allen was Ms Ho's partner.

Mr Allen was due to appear via video link at the Old Bailey, but it was decided he did not have to attend.

His first Crown Court hearing went ahead in his absence.

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Image caption Armed police were called to a house in Curlew Place after being alerted by an ambulance crew
Image caption Floral tributes have been left outside the house where Ms Ho was found on Saturday

Judge Mark Lucraft QC set a provisional plea and case management hearing for 13 November at the Old Bailey.

He said the trial at Cambridge Crown Court should be before a high court judge.

A provisional two-week trial has been set to start on 22 February.

No application for bail was made.

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