An Eastleigh man has been charged with the murder of frail widow Georgina Edmonds and has appeared in Southampton Magistrates Court today (February 18).
The 77 year old grandmother was battered to death at Fig Tree Cottage, her home in Brambridge, three years ago and a suspect who was arrested last July had been on Police bail since then until being charged earlier today.
The accused had been living in Newtown at the time of the murder, close to the Tesco Express garage on Twyford Road where a man had been pictured on CCTV attempting to use the victim’s stolen credit card.
Earlier in the investigation the focus had been on residents of Elderfield House in Otterbourne and on members of Eastleigh’s Polish community.
Police had posters appealing for information printed in Polish and placed around the town.
Hampshire Detectives had also travelled to Poland to interview a man.
Police recently combed a wood Otterbourne where a ‘significant’ piece of evidence was said to have been found by a member of the public and had been awaiting the results of forensic tests.
A £30,000 reward was offered for information leading to the conviction of her killer.
The accused has been remanded to appear at Winchester Crown Court February 22 at 10.30 am.
The BBC Crimewatch reconstruction can be found here
The following clip is the official Hampshire Constabulary appeal video:
Archive of posts on the hunt for Georgina Edmonds killer is here