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Murder charge as body found on Devon horse-breeding farm

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image captionLuigi Palmas has been charged with murdering Katherine Bevan.

An Italian national has been charged with murdering a woman found dead on a horse-breeding farm in Devon.

Katherine Bevan, 53, was found at Combe Farm Arabian Horses, in Gittisham, near Honiton, on 3 January.

At a hearing at Exeter Magistrates' Court, Luigi Palmas, of no fixed abode, spoke only to confirm his name and age with the help of an interpreter.

The 26-year-old farm worker was remanded in custody and is due at Exeter Crown Court in February.

image captionKatherine Bevan's body was found at Combe Farm Arabian Horses on 3 January

The death of the veterinary pharmacist, who also volunteered at the farm, was initially believed to have been an accident.

However, Devon and Cornwall Police said a murder investigation was started after post-mortem tests at the weekend were carried out on Ms Bevan's body.

Police did not confirm the cause of her death but said her next-of-kin had been informed.

Combe Farm Arabian Horses breeds show and endurance horses.

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