Police officer's trial to be next year

A SUFFOLK police officer accused of murdering a man in South America 22 years ago will face trial next year.Michael Cheong, 42, of Peterhouse Crescent, Woodbridge has been charged in relation to the shooting of Brian Spencer in Guyana in 1982.

A SUFFOLK police officer accused of murdering a man in South America 22 years ago will face trial next year.

Michael Cheong, 42, of Peterhouse Crescent, Woodbridge has been charged in relation to the shooting of Brian Spencer in Guyana in 1982.

The 23-year-old was hit by more than 20 pellets in the incident, which happened in the Linden Highway area of the South American country. Some were found in his back and buttocks.

Cheong, who has been suspended from duty since his arrest, on November 10 last year, appeared at the Old Bailey for a preliminary hearing today.

He will now return to the court on June 6 to face trial.