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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 June 2006, 10:21 GMT 11:21 UK
Man in court over model's murder
Sally Anne Bowman
Sally Anne Bowman had only just turned 18
A chef has appeared in court charged with the murder of 18-year-old model Sally Anne Bowman.

Mark Dixie, 35, of no fixed address, is also accused of indecently assaulting a woman in Purley and outraging public decency in 2001 in a separate incident.

Miss Bowman was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death near her home in South Croydon, south London, last September.

Mr Dixie was remanded in custody by Sutton magistrates. He will next appear at the Old Bailey on 26 October.

In court, he spoke only to confirm his name and nodded when asked if he understood the details of the murder charge.

His solicitor David Allman made no application for bail.

Police arrested Mr Dixie in Surrey on Tuesday night and charged him the following night.

Screaming

The attack on Miss Bowman, who had turned 18 just a week before her death, took place after the model had been on a night out in Croydon.

She had been to a friend's house before heading home.

Neighbours heard screaming in the early hours and her body was later found on the pavement.

The charge comes two months after detectives made a fresh appeal on BBC's Crimewatch programme, based around a new e-fit of a suspect.

And in March, detectives set up a DNA screening centre in South Croydon, asking local men to provide their DNA voluntarily.

Police wanted to screen 4,000 local men matching the general description of a suspect.


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