Murder charge man given bail
JOHN Walker stands accused of killing his wife, but today walked free from court on bail.The Great Bealings man was granted leave to live at his son's house after his children guaranteed £120,000 if he fled justice.
JOHN Walker stands accused of killing his wife, but today walked free from court on bail.
The Great Bealings man was granted leave to live at his son's house after his children guaranteed £120,000 if he fled justice.
Walker, 65, seemed close to tears as first his solicitor son Adrian Walker, then daughter Jane Robson – a part-time teacher – took the stand.
They both offered massive sums of money in exchange for their father's freedom between court hearings.
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His honour Judge John Devaux granted the bail application made on Walker's behalf by defence counsel Simon Spence at Ipswich Crown Court.
He said Walker, of Meadow Cottage, Great Bealings, must live at his son's home in Islington, north London, and report to Islington police three times a week.
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Judge Devaux also ordered Walker to surrender his passport and not to apply for any travel documents.
Bail was granted on condition Walker will undergo two psychiatric examinations in preparation for any future possible trial.
Walker, who was smartly dressed in pale grey suit, white shirt and dark tie, spoke in a confident voice to confirm his identity.
Prosecutor Michael Crimp then briefly outlined the facts of the case, informing the court Glenda Walker was killed on November 12.
He said her husband was charged the following day, then made his first court appearance on November 14.
The sleepy village where the Walkers lived was left stunned when police arrived at the family's £500,000-plus home.
Walker was widely known in the area and largely respected as a pillar of the community in which he lived.
Judge Devaux told him his next appearance would be at Ipswich Crown Court on January 17.
But he warned any future possible trial would be unlikely to be heard before spring next year.