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Man admits bin body burial charge

Melanie Wallner
Melanie Wallner's body was found in the wheelie bin in June

A man charged with murdering his wife, who was found dead in a wheelie bin in Surrey, has admitted preventing her from being legally buried.

Unemployed chef Peter Wallner, 33, has pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey to the murder of Melanie Wallner.

But he admitted preventing the lawful and decent burial of Mrs Wallner, whose body was found in a bin outside a house in Hamilton Avenue, Cobham, on 6 June.

Mr Wallner is due to stand trial for murder on 30 November.

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.

It is alleged Mrs Wallner's body was kept in a freezer for several years.

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



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