Man, 33, faces trial after denying murdering 86-year-old pensioner

Romanian, 33, faces trial after denying murdering 86-year-old pensioner in her home and trying to kill her town councillor husband, 88

  • Vasile Culea, 33, is accused for killing retired machinist Freda Walker, 86
  • She died in a violent incident at her home near Bolsover on January 14, 2022 
  • The charges allege Culea also attempted to murder her husband Ken Walker 
  • Culea’s trial is set to take place on October 4. He was remanded until then 
  • A Romanian man has denied murdering a pensioner in a ‘horrendous’ attack at her home in January.

    Vasile Culea, 33, was arrested after retired machinist Freda Walker, 86, was killed in a violent incident at her home in Langwith Junction, Shirebrook, near Bolsover in Derbyshire, which also left her husband Ken with critical injuries.

    Culea appeared at Derby Crown Court on Friday and followed proceedings through a Romanian interpreter, pleading not guilty to murder and attempted murder.

    Vasile Culea, 33, was arrested after retired machinist Freda Walker (right), 86, was killed in a violent incident at her home in Langwith Junction, Shirebrook, near Bolsover in Derbyshire, which also left her husband Ken (left) with critical injuries

    Vasile Culea, 33, was arrested after retired machinist Freda Walker (right), 86, was killed in a violent incident at her home in Langwith Junction, Shirebrook, near Bolsover in Derbyshire, which also left her husband Ken (left) with critical injuries

    Culea appeared at Derby Crown Court on Friday and followed proceedings through a Romanian interpreter, pleading not guilty to murder and attempted murder

    Culea appeared at Derby Crown Court on Friday and followed proceedings through a Romanian interpreter, pleading not guilty to murder and attempted murder

    The charges allege Culea, from Nottinghamshire, murdered Mrs Walker on January 14 and attempted to murder 88-year-old town councillor Mr Walker on the same date. A concerned neighbour found the couple at the property in Station Road at 9am on January 15

    The charges allege Culea, from Nottinghamshire, murdered Mrs Walker on January 14 and attempted to murder 88-year-old town councillor Mr Walker on the same date. A concerned neighbour found the couple at the property in Station Road at 9am on January 15

    The charges allege Culea, from Nottinghamshire, murdered Mrs Walker on January 14 and attempted to murder 88-year-old town councillor Mr Walker on the same date. 

    A concerned neighbour found the couple at the property in Station Road at 9am on January 15.

    An inquest opening at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court previously heard Mrs Walker died as a result of head injuries and airway obstruction.

    Derbyshire Police previously said one of their leading lines of inquiry was that the incident was a suspected burglary.

    Remanding the defendant into custody, Judge Nirmal Shant QC told Culea: ‘Mr Culea your trial will take place on October 4.

    ‘Before that, you will be at this court on July 8 for all matters before your trial to be finalised. In the meantime, you are remanded in custody.’

    Earlier today, Derbyshire police confirmed that Mr Walker ‘has been released from hospital and is continuing his recovery’.