Crown court appearance for man accused of murdering his wife at rural farm

A Parracombe man accused of murdering his wife has been remanded in custody after a bail hearing at Exeter Crown Court on Friday.

David Thomas Leeman, 59, from Parracombe was refused bail and placed on remand, ordered to reappear at Exeter on Friday, October 7 for a preliminary hearing. No plea was entered.

Jennie Leeman-Hawley, 41, was found shot dead on farmland at Higher Cowley Farm on Sunday, September 18.

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

On Wednesday, grey -haired Mr Leeman, dressed in a navy blue t-shirt baring tattooed forearms, appeared at North Devon Magistrates Court in Barnstaple.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address. Asked by chairman of magistrates Cathleen Stanbury if he had anything else to say, Mr Leeman answered “no ma’am.”

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