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Man charged with Nickell murder
Rachel Nickell
Rachel Nickell was a former model
A 41-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common.

Ms Nickell, 23, was stabbed 49 times and sexually assaulted in the attack in south-west London while she walked with her young son on 15 July 1992.

Robert Napper will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 4 December.

Colin Stagg, from Roehampton, west London, was prosecuted for the murder, but cleared in 1994.

A judge threw the case out on the grounds police had used a "honey trap" plot to encourage him to confess.

The decision to charge Mr Napper follows a review of the evidence by police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) into the former model's killing.

'Painstaking process'

Hilary Bradfield, of the CPS Serious Casework Unit, said: "As the investigation has developed, I have been carefully examining and assessing the evidence.

"It has been a painstaking process and alongside the police we have considered all aspects of the case in detail.

"This week we have reached a decision that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and have authorised the police to charge."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Robert Napper, 41, has been charged with the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common on July 15 1992."

Mr Napper is being held in custody at Broadmoor Hospital.

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