Extradited murder suspect denies charge

A MAN extradited from Thailand on suspicion of a Suffolk murder today denied the charged when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court.Christopher Caunter, 34, of south-east London, is accused of the murder of his girlfriend Deborah Townsend.

A MAN extradited from Thailand on suspicion of a Suffolk murder today denied the charged when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court.

Christopher Caunter, 34, of south-east London, is accused of the murder of his girlfriend Deborah Townsend.

Her body was found in July 2005, a day after her hair and scalp tissue were discovered on the A146 at Beccles.

The 35-year-old's body was found in a Land Rover Discovery in the grounds of Newland Hall, Roxwell, near Chelmsford.

In court today, Caunter spoke only to confirm his name and to enter a not guilty plea to committing murder between June 30 and July 16, 2005.

Caunter was remanded in custody and a trial date fixed for October 8.

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Earlier this year, a Bangkok court ruled in favour of Caunter's extradition to Britain.

During a previous Ipswich Crown Court hearing his brother Robert Caunter, 36 and Michael Briggs, 38, both of Barking, Essex, and 36-year-old Joseph Brown, of Romford, all denied assisting an offender in relation to the murder inquiry.

Greg Perrins, today's prosecutor, requested all four men stand trial at the same time.