Peter Wrighton murder case: Dog walker's injuries 'strange'

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Image caption Peter Wrighton's body was found near Fiveways Junction, three miles south of East Harling in Norfolk

A police officer who saw the body of dog walker has told a murder trial he thought he had been attacked by his own pet because of the "strange" injuries.

Peter Wrighton, 83, was found dead in a woodland near East Harling, Norfolk, in August with neck and throat wounds.

Norfolk Police PC Andrew London told a court he had "never seen anything like" Mr Wrighton's injuries.

Alexander Palmer, 24, admits being in the area at the time of the attack but denies murdering Mr Wrighton.

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Image caption Alexander Palmer denies murder, but a court was told he heard "voices" telling him to kill

Earlier in the trial at Nottingham Crown Court, prosecutor Stephen Spence said Mr Palmer told medical professionals a voice in his head called "Little Alex" instructed him to harm or kill people and had a "grudge against dog walkers".

PC London said when he found the body he had "never seen anything like it" and it was surrounded by a "very large pool of blood".

He added: "It was such a strange injury, I thought, 'has he been attacked by his own dog?'."

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Image caption Peter Wrighton's body was discovered on the edge of the heath by walkers

The court had previously heard police were alerted to Mr Palmer from a psychologist who worked with him at RAF Marham.

The man who dialled 999 after discovering the body of Mr Wrighton, Nigel Precious, told the court he "first thought it was a mannequin".

The trial continues.

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