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Man charged with murder of wife Brenda Venables who was found in septic tank

Brenda was reported missing in 1982 in Kempsey, Worcestershire
Brenda was reported missing in 1982 in Kempsey, Worcestershire (Picture: PA/SWNS)

David Venables has been charged with murdering his 48-year-old wife Brenda, whose remains were found in a septic tank.

Farmer’s wife Brenda was reported missing in 1982 in Kempsey, Worcestershire.

Her body was found in a septic tank in 2019.

Venables, 88, will appear at Worcester Magistrates’ Court for the first hearing on June 15.

In a statement confirming the murder charge, the head of complex casework unit at the Crown Prosecution Service, Mark Paul, said: ‘The decision to authorise the charge against the defendant was made after careful consideration of all the available evidence of this complex case and determining that a prosecution is required in the public interest.

‘The alleged offences occurred between May 2, 1982 and May 5, 1982.

Newspaper clipping from the Worcester News reporting Brenda Venables disappearance in 1982. Human bones have been found in a septic tank in a house that used to belong to farmer David Veanables - 37 years after his went Brenda went missing. See SWNS story SWMDbones. Human bones found at the bottom of a septic tank are believed to belong to a farmer?s wife who went missing 37 years ago. Brenda Venables disappeared in 1982 aged 48 from her home in the village of Kempsey, Worcs. Maintenance workers found human remains last Friday (12/7) at Quaking House Farm on Bestmans Lane - where Mrs Venables and her husband David used to live. The discovery was initially thought to be connected to the search for murdered estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in nearby Pershore but police ruled it out.
A clipping from the Worcester News reporting Brenda Venables’ disappearance in 1982 (Picture: SWNS)
West Mercia Police officers searching a house in Kempsey, Worcestershire, in 2019
West Mercia Police officers searching a house in Kempsey, Worcestershire, in 2019 (Picture: PA)

‘The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether criminal charges are appropriate.

‘Criminal proceedings are now active, and there must be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could prejudice these proceedings.’

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