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An Italian backpacker accused of murdering an animal lover on a remote farm had been volunteering there for only three weeks, it has been revealed.
Luigi Gian Palmas, 26, appeared in court yesterday charged with the murder of Katherine Bevan, a veterinary pharmacist, on January 3.
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Her body was found in a bull pen at a farm in Gittisham, Devon, where she lived and cared for cattle.
Her death was initially believed to have been a tragic accident. But after a post-mortem examination at the weekend, police launched a murder investigation and arrested Palmas.
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An acquaintance of Palmas revealed he had been volunteering at Combe Farm – an Arabian horse stud – for about three weeks.
It is understood he had been recommended by an Italian friend who had previously worked there and was respected by the team.
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It came as Palmas appeared at Exeter Magistrates' Court charged with Mrs Bevan's murder.
The suspect, who was joined by an Italian translator, spoke only to confirm his name...
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