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Trader denies killing millionaire
Allan Chappelow
The 86-year-old died of head injuries
A man has pleaded not guilty to murdering an 86-year-old millionaire author in his north-west London home.

Wang Yam, 45, is accused of killing Allan Chappelow at the house in Hampstead, between May and June 2006.

He also denied theft, burglary and deception charges, including obtaining a 20,000 money transfer by impersonating the writer.

Mr Yam, a financial trader from Hampstead, was remanded in custody at the Old Bailey for trial on 2 July.

Four cheques, mail and a mobile phone were missing from Mr Chappelow's house in Downshire Hill.

Mr Yam further denied alternative charges of theft and handling stolen property in relation to the missing items.

Mr Chappelow's body was discovered by police at his home in June after concerns were raised about his welfare.

A post-mortem examination revealed the writer had died from head injuries.

His work included two books on the playwright George Bernard Shaw.


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