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Woman denies decapitating pensioner and dumping body 250 miles away
A woman has pleaded not guilty to beheading a pensioner and dumping her body 250 miles away in Devon.
Mee Kuen Chong, 67 and known to friends as Deborah, vanished from her home in Wembley, north London, on June 11.
She was reported missing, with police appealing for information four days later.
Her decapitated body was discovered by dog walkers in woodland near the Devon town of Salcombe on June 27.
Her death was initially treated as ‘unexplained’ during enquiries led by Devon and Cornwall Police.
But further inquiries led to a murder investigation being launched by the Metropolitan Police.
Today Jemma Mitchell, 37, has pleaded not guilty to Ms Chongs murder in an appearance in the dock at the Old Bailey.
Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow told the court: ‘The allegation is that she murdered Mee Kuen Chong, who was a Malaysian woman of 67 years of age.
‘She was reported missing on June 11, but it was not until the June 27 her headless body was discovered by a family walking their dog in Devon.’
Judge Anthony Leonard QC set a provisional four-week trial for September 26 next year.
A further hearing was set for December 23 this year for the defendant to attend by video link.
Mitchell, of Brondesbury Park, Brent, north-west London, was remanded into custody.
Ms Chong, who was originally from Malaysia, had lived in Wembley for more than 30 years.
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