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Benenden murder: Stuart Andrews appears in court over death of wife Caroline

An IT consultant has appeared at Maidstone Crown Court accused of murdering his school teacher wife.

Wearing a grey sweatshirt and bottoms, Stuart Andrews, 54, spoke only to be identified during the brief hearing.

He was arrested after the body of 52-year-old Caroline Andrews was found at their rented bungalow in The Street, Benenden, on February 4.

Caroline Andrews was found dead

Caroline Andrews was found dead

A post-mortem examination revealed she had been strangled the previous day.

Andrews, a former adviser to the Bank of England, will return to court on April 1 for a case management hearing. A psychiatric report will be prepared in the meantime.

Judge Jeremy Carey set a provisional trial date for July 25.

Stuart Andrews has been charged with his wife's murder

Stuart Andrews has been charged with his wife's murder

A bail application was not made and Andrews was remanded in custody.

Tributes have been paid to Mrs Andrews who worked part-time at Benenden CE Primary School.

Head teacher, Gill Knox, spoke of Mrs Andrews’ qualities as a teacher, saying: "Caroline knew the children really well and they all loved her".

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