Newton Poppleford murder accused ‘too tired’ to appear before magistrates

A 30-year-old accused of the murder of a man in Newton Poppleford refused to attend a court hearing this morning (Saturday, January 11) – because he was ‘too tired’. 
Lewis Finch, of Briseham Close, Brixham, was due to appear before magistrates sitting in Exeter.
Finch has been charged with the murder of 47-year-old Geoffrey Pearce following a caravan fire at a scrapyard in the East Devon village early on the morning of Thursday, January 9.
Finch did not appear in the dock at Exeter Magistrates’ Court and the case was continued in his absence.
A dock officer told the JPs: “He has refused to come to court, he is too tired.”
Finch is due to appear before a judge at Exeter Crown Court on Monday, January 13.
There was no application for bail and Finch has been remanded in custody.
He was charged by police last night (Friday).

Detective Inspector Lee Nattrass said yesterday evening : “Given this is now subject to formal court proceedings, we would remind everyone that contempt of court rules apply.

“It is therefore essential that no-one speculates about the investigation, particularly on social media.

“It is essential that we maintain the fairness and integrity of the court process.”

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