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Man accused of murdering his partner at their home in Richmond Road, Gillingham, appears at Maidstone Crown Court

A Gillingham man is expected to go on trial in July accused of murdering his partner.

Benjamin Bowler appeared by prison video link but did not enter any plea.

The police at the scene in Richmond Road last week
The police at the scene in Richmond Road last week

The 40-year-old spoke only to confirm his identity, date of birth and nationality.

He has been charged with murdering 39-year-old Kelly Price in Richmond Road, Gillingham last week.

Police officers were called to a property in Richmond Road at 4.51pm on Thursday, January 16.

Judge David Griffith-Jones QC adjourned the case until a plea and trial preparation hearing on February 28 when he is expected to enter his plea.

Bowler will be defended by Oliver Saxby QC and Tom Stern. The prosecution will be led by Philip Bennetts QC.

Forensics at the scene of the incident in Richmond Road, Gillingham
Forensics at the scene of the incident in Richmond Road, Gillingham

At the weekend, tributes were left outside the property for Ms Price.

On Saturday, a police cordon remained around the house which is at the junction of Saunders Street.

Floral tributes lay beside the house, addressed to Ms Price.

One read: "Miss you so much can't believe it. Love you loads from your cousin Lauren, Michael and two kids.

Another said: "Kelly, you got taken too soon, RIP. Love Mark, Lou, Alfie."

Eye witnesses reported seeing nine police cars, a van and an ambulance on the scene at around 4.50pm on Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kent Police by calling 01634 792209, quoting reference number 16-1041 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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