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Murder suspect appears in court

PUBLISHED: 10:39 03 November 2009 | UPDATED: 08:47 01 August 2010

Ben Kendall

The man charged with the Norwich double murders has been remanded in custody after appearing in court this morning.

John Moody, 44, of Kerrison Road, Norwich, looked unshaven, dishevelled and confused as he appeared in the dock at Norwich Magistrates Court.

The man charged with the Norwich double murders has been remanded in custody after appearing in court this morning.

John Moody, 44, of Kerrison Road, Norwich, looked unshaven, dishevelled and confused as he appeared in the dock at Norwich Magistrates Court.

The hearing lasted less than a minute and Moody, who had to be helped to and from his chair by guards, did not speak.

He is charged with two counts of murder after Karen Brown, 39, from South Norfolk, and Ken Snell, 65, from Brettingham Avenue, Cringleford, were found dead at Mr Snell's home.

Miss Brown is Moody's former partner while Mr Snell was his golfing partner.

The case was adjourned to Norwich Crown Court on November 17.

Moody's ex-girlfriend and business partner Miss Brown, 39, was found stabbed to death at a bungalow on the outskirts of Norwich on Saturday night along with divorcee Ken Snell, 65, owner of the house.

Murder squad detectives have not yet established the relationship between the victims but friends and neighbours believe the pair had recently begun a relationship.

Officers revealed that one of the victims had made a 999 call lasting several minutes but by the time response teams arrived at the property in Brettingham Avenue, Cringleford, both were dead.

Det Chief Insp Jes Fry, who is leading the investigation, said his team was in the process of informing family members.

He added: “They are shocked and upset. People go through a range of emotions when something like this happens; some are angry and others are just completely devastated. We have seen that whole range from both families.”

Mr Fry confirmed that a knife had been recovered from the scene and sent away for forensic analysis. A post-mortem has confirmed that both victims died from stab wounds.

The bodies were discovered at about 9pm on Saturday and Moody was arrested at about 9.30am the following day.

The picture was taken in 2005 at a cookery demonstration at the City College Norwich hotel school attended by the couple who ran a catering company.

Moody and Miss Brown had lived together in Sprowston Road and ran Baguette Express together until they split up at the end of last year. The shop was closed yesterday.

A friend said: “He was a nice guy, always friendly and happy to chat. After they split up he carried on running the shop. He never mentioned her and there didn't seem to be any bitterness or hard feelings.”

It is believed Moody spent Saturday afternoon at Norwich Beer Festival and visited various bars in the early evening. According to one friend who saw him in Prince of Wales Road he had seemed “upbeat”.

His business had struggled in recent months and in March a county court judgement was recorded against him over a £10,000 debt. “He was working all hours, presumably because of financial problems,” a source said.

Miss Brown lived in South Norfolk but her address has not been confirmed by police. It is thought she lived alone.

Mr Snell, a retired Motorola executive, had three grown up children, one of whom still lives in Norwich. He moved to Cringleford from Bunwell, near Attleborough, 12 years ago following the break-up of his marriage.

Friends recalled a “lovely family” and said Mr Snell was devastated when he separated from his wife, taking “several years” to recover.

He had been a member of Eaton Golf Club since 2000, playing off a handicap of 15. Yesterday the club's flag flew at half mast in tribute to him. Moody is a former member of the club.

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