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Man remanded over widow's death
Catherine Grosstephan who was found dead at her home in Theydon Bois
Catherine Grosstephan was found dead at her home
A 23-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of an 89-year-old widow.

Catherine Grosstephan was found dead in the lounge of her home in Theydon Bois, Essex, on 19 May.

Scott Thompson, of no fixed address, was charged on Saturday with the murder and rape of Mrs Grosstephan, a former bank worker who lived alone.

He was remanded in custody when he appeared before Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The case was sent to Chelmsford Crown Court where a preliminary hearing will be held on 6 June.

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