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Husband remanded over body in bin

Melanie Wallner
Melanie Wallner's body was found in the wheelie bin seven days ago

The husband of a woman whose body was found in a wheelie bin in Surrey has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with murder.

Unemployed chef Peter Wallner, 33, also faced a charge of preventing the lawful and decent burial of Melanie Wallner's body, at Woking Magistrates' Court.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 30 June.

Mrs Wallner's body was found in a bin outside a house in Hamilton Avenue, Cobham, on 6 June.

Mr Wallner, a German national who formerly lived in Cobham, is charged with the murder of his wife between 1 August 2006 and 6 June 2009.

The family of Mrs Wallner issued a statement through Surrey Police, which said: "Melanie was a much loved daughter and sister and her loss has left a big hole in our lives."

"Since then we have tried to come to terms with our loss," it added.

A post-mortem examination has revealed Mrs Wallner suffered a serious head injury, but it did not establish a cause of death.

Surrey Police said exact time of Mrs Wallner's death was unclear.



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