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Care home man, 82, accused of murder of fellow resident

Policeman outside Hyne Town House
Ivy Hawken had lived at the Devon care home for five-and-a-half years

An 82-year-old Devon man charged with murdering a fellow care home resident has been remanded in custody after appearing in court.

Ivy Hawken, 92, was found dead at Hyne Town House care home in Strete, Dartmouth, on Wednesday night.

Peter Woodroof, who also lived there, was arrested on Thursday and charged on Friday.

Mr Woodroof appeared at Torquay Magistrates' Court, held in a custody suite at the town's police station.

The defendant, who has Parkinson's disease and is blind in one eye, was taken into the room in a wheelchair.

He is due to appear at Plymouth Crown Court on 11 January.

'Isolated incident'

Mr Woodroof was not related to the 92-year-old or said to be in a relationship with her.

Police were called to Hyne Town House at about 2230 GMT on Wednesday by paramedics who had attempted to resuscitate Mrs Hawken.

She was later pronounced dead at Torbay Hospital.

Mrs Hawken had been visited by her family in the hours before her death.

Det Supt Steve Carey said: "This appears to have been an isolated and unexpected incident.

"Ivy's family are devastated by her death. They were playing cards with her at the home on the night in question and would like it known that Ivy spent five-and-a-half happy years there."

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