Man and teen suspected of murdering an 83-year-old in Essex


The death of Donald Ralph will be taken to court by Leighton Snook, 28, and a 16-year-old who can not be identified.

The child, who can not be identified for legal reasons, and the man, Leighton Snook, will appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with the murder of Donald Ralph, 83. A 16-year-old boy and a 28-year-old man have been charged with the murder of a pensioner who was strangled at his home. The victim’s body was discovered at his home in Aldham village, near Colchester, Essex, on Tuesday. A postmortem examination revealed that he died from strangulation, Essex police said. Snook, of no fixed address, and the Leicester 16-year-old were both accused of murder and theft of a motor vehicle, while Snook is also accused of possession of an offensive firearm. Ralph’s car, a blue Volvo V50 stolen from outside his house, was later found in Hastings, East Sussex, Essex Police said earlier. “After being arrested on suspicion of aiding an offender, two men, aged 30 and 39, and a 21-year-old woman were released on bail. The family of Ralph described him as “a man who enjoyed being in the countryside and was very young at heart,” said Tina Ralph, his niece. He was a man who loved everything about the countryside, particularly fishing and the Norfolk Broads, and he was a keen birdwatcher. He loved horse racing and spent a little fluttering on several happy Saturdays. Don was a remarkable character that his wide circle of friends and family will be deeply missed.


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