Newton Poppleford murder accused remanded in custody as case is adjourned until February

A 30-year-old accused of the murder of a man in Newton Poppleford made no application for bail when his case went before Exeter Crown Court today, Monday, January 13.

Lewis Finch, of Briseham Close, Brixham,  represented by solicitor Caroline Salvatore, did not appear in court.

There was no application for bail and Finch has been remanded in custody.

Finch, who was charged by police on Friday, January 10, is next due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on February 13.

He 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.

Detective Inspector Lee Nattrass, at Devon and Cornwall Police,  last week reminded the public that formal court proceedings were now active and contempt of court rules applied.

He said: “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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