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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
Man, 55, charged over knife death
Stephen Keen
Stephen Keen suffered knife wounds to his neck and throat
A Sardinian man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an RAF officer who died after being stabbed.

Francesco Matta, 55, who gave an address in Cagliari, appeared before magistrates in Exeter, Devon.

He is charged with murdering Flight Lieutenant Stephen Keen, 54, from RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire, at an address in Tiverton on 6 July.

Mr Matta was remanded in custody and is due to appear before Exeter Crown Court on 18 July.

Flight Lieutenant Keen was injured at a property in Tidcombe Walk.

He had suffered wounds to his neck and throat and was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, but died later.

A statement from the RAF on Tuesday said the service's "deepest sympathies" were extended to Flight Lieutenant Keen's family and friends.

"They are all in our thoughts and prayers and they are being provided with support at this very difficult time," the statement said.

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