Defendant remanded in custody for crown court hearing on Friday

A MAN has appeared in court this morning (Wednesday) accused of murdering his wife.

David Thomas Leeman, 59, from Parracombe, was formerly charged by police after the Gazette went to press last night.

Grey-haired Mr Leeman, dressed in a navy blue t-shirt baring tattooed forearms, spoke to confirm his name, age and address at the hearing at North Devon Magistrates Court.

Asked by chairman of magistrates Cathleen Stanbury if he had anything else to say, Mr Leeman answered “no ma’am”.

No plea was entered and he was remanded in custody to appear at Exeter Crown Court on Friday.

Two teenage boys, thought to be sons of the defendant, looked on from the public gallery during the five minute hearing.

Jennie Leeman-Hawley, 41, was found shot dead on farmland at Higher Cowley Farm on Sunday afternoon.

Around 30 police officers, including armed response officers and a police helicopter, were called to the remote property after reports of a domestic incident.