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Man in court over Rochelle murder
Rochelle Holness
Rochelle had gone to make a phone call
A man charged with murdering a teenage girl whose dismembered body was found dumped on a housing estate has been remanded in custody.

John McGrady, 47, of Milford Towers, Catford, south London, appeared before Belmarsh magistrates on Saturday.

He is accused of killing 15-year-old Rochelle Holness whose body was found near a stairwell on the Milford Towers estate on Wednesday night.

Mr McGrady is due to appear at the Old Bailey on 7 October.

A woman arrested over her death was released without charge.

Rochelle's remains were found by ambulance staff, who had been called to the estate on Wednesday morning to treat an injured man.

The paramedics then called police, who arrested Mr McGrady and the released woman, who is also aged 47.

Rochelle, who was from Lewisham, south London, had been reported missing on Tuesday night.

Witness appeal

She disappeared on Sunday night when she went to call her boyfriend from a phone box on the estate.

Her parents had assumed she had gone to stay with friends when she did not return home.

It was only when her boyfriend called them on Monday, to say he had not heard from her that they became concerned.

Det Supt Paul McAleenan appealed for anyone in the area from Sunday evening and the early hours of Wednesday to contact him.

He added: "We want to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, either inside the estate or in the roads that lead to the estate."




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