The man charged with murdering his wife

THIS is the face of John Walker, the Suffolk man accused of murdering his wife.The picture, obtained exclusively by The Evening Star, shows the 65-year-old whose arrest and court appearance has stunned the village of Great Bealings.

THIS is the face of John Walker, the Suffolk man accused of murdering his wife.

The picture, obtained exclusively by The Evening Star, shows the 65-year-old whose arrest and court appearance has stunned the village of Great Bealings.

Walker's arrest and the death of his wife, Glenda, has also devastated the family of Ipswich football legend Sir Bobby Robson. Sir Bobby's son Mark is married to the Walkers' daughter, Jane.

Silver-haired Walker appeared on Thursday at South-East Suffolk Magistrates Court, where he faced a charge of murder.

Prosecutor Gareth Davies told the court a post-mortem examination revealed 63-year-old Glenda Walker was killed by a single gunshot wound.

Police found the body on Tuesday morning at the couple's £500,000-plus Meadow Cottage on the edge of the village.

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The Evening Star can today reveal it was Walker who made the emergency call to report the incident.

Neighbours have been left bewildered by the traumatic events which have consumed their quiet village.

Walker was widely known and respected as a pillar of the community in which he lived.

He is a committee member of the River Deben Association and the Deben Yacht Club and a member of the Suffolk Preservation Society.

Walker's community involvement saw him give speeches at meetings just days before his arrest.

And his community CV also boasts membership of the RNLI, the National Trust, the RSPB and the Bentwaters campaign against airport development.

He is also a trustee of Suffolk Wildlife Trust and a past chairman of Woodbridge Probus.

Walker's respected status was not just restricted to his community life. Ex-workmates were also left stunned by his arrest earlier this week.

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