Man, 21, charged with murder of PCSO Julia James, 53, sent to hospital in Broadmoor for medical assessment

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Murder suspect, 21, charged with killing PCSO Julia James, 53, while walking her dog, is sent to Broadmoor Hospital for medical assessment

  • PCSO Julia James, 53, was found dead on April 27 near Akholt Woods, Kent
  • Callum Wheeler, 21, from Aylesham, Kent, was arrested on Friday 7 May 7
  • Defendant failed to plead and was sent for medical assessment
  • Wheeler is transferred from HMP Belmarsh to Broadmoor Hospital

The man charged with the murder of PCSO Julia James has been sent to Broadmoor Hospital with the highest security for medical assessment.

Ms James, 53, was discovered on April 27 with fatal head injuries near Akholt Wood, Snowdown, near Dover, Kent.

The man accused of murdering her Callum Wheeler, 21, was unable to attend a hearing at Old Bailey today via a prison video link due to technical issues.

Court officials have been told he will be transferred from HMP Belmarsh to Broadmoor High-security Hospital to be treated and assessed for his mental health.

Callum Wheeler, 21, charged with murder of PCSO Julia James leaving Medway Court

Callum Wheeler, 21, charged with murder of PCSO Julia James leaving Medway Court

PCSO Julia James was murdered near her home in Snowdown Kent on April 27 this year

PCSO Julia James was murdered near her home in Snowdown Kent on April 27 this year

PCSO Julia James was murdered near her home in Snowdown Kent on April 27 this year

Callum Wheeler, 21, is transferred from Belmarsh to Broadmoor Hospital, pictured

Callum Wheeler, 21, is transferred from Belmarsh to Broadmoor Hospital, pictured

Callum Wheeler, 21, is transferred from Belmarsh to Broadmoor Hospital, pictured

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb sent him back to the secure unit for a hearing the week of November 4 this year.

She said: ‘A decision has been made by those responsible for the care of this defendant that he should be transferred to a high security hospital in Broadmoor.

“I direct the responsible physician of Broadmoor to provide a full report on such matters as the defendant’s current condition, any diagnoses, and his eligibility or otherwise to plead and stand trial.”

The victim, who had worked for the Kent Police Department since 2008, was walking her dog near her home in Snowdown.

Police officers line up as they prepare to walk into the woods on their search for evidence following Mrs. James's death

Police officers line up as they prepare to walk into the woods on their search for evidence following Mrs. James's death

Police officers line up as they prepare to walk into the woods on their search for evidence following Mrs. James’s death

Detectives investigating the death of PCSO Julia James have Callum Wheeler, 21.  sued

Detectives investigating the death of PCSO Julia James have Callum Wheeler, 21.  sued

Detectives investigating the death of PCSO Julia James have Callum Wheeler, 21. sued

Police officers search a field off Ratling Road in Aylesham, Kent earlier today as part of the investigation into the death

Police officers search a field off Ratling Road in Aylesham, Kent earlier today as part of the investigation into the death

Police officers search a field off Ratling Road in Aylesham, Kent earlier today as part of the investigation into the death

Her trusty Jack Russell, Toby, is said to have remained with his owner’s body after her death and was used by the police to reconstruct her last moments.

Callum, from Aylesham, Kent, is charged with murder.

His trial begins on November 29 at the Old Bailey.

A postmortem examination revealed that the grandmother had suffered significant head injuries.

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