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Nickell murder accused in court
Rachel Nickell
Rachel Nickell was a former model
A man has appeared in court charged with murdering Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common 15 years ago.

The 23-year-old former model was stabbed 49 times and sexually assaulted as she walked with her young son in south-west London on 15 July 1992.

Robert Napper, 41, has appeared via video link at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He was bailed until a hearing on 20 December on the condition he remains at Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital.

Case review

The next hearing will be at the Old Bailey, ahead of a trial at the same court.

Napper was charged on Wednesday after a review of the evidence by police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) into the former model's killing.

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.



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