Husband remanded over nurse murder

Blackpool Citizen: Nurse Rui Li was discovered dead in the boot of a car in Bournemouth Nurse Rui Li was discovered dead in the boot of a car in Bournemouth

The husband of a nurse who was found dead in the boot of a car has appeared in court accused of her murder.

Pierre Legris, 60, faced Bournemouth Magistrates' Court charged with killing 44-year-old Rui Li, who worked at Poole Hospital.

He spoke, with a heavy accent, only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the brief hearing.

He is accused of the murder of Ms Li between May 22 and May 31 at his home in Burnham Drive, Bournemouth.

As the charges are so serious, the case and any bail application can only be dealt with at the Crown Court.

Neither prosecutor Nicola Reece nor defence solicitor Siobhain Egan spoke during the two-minute hearing.

No formal plea was entered and Legris, who was wearing dark blue tracksuit bottoms and a grey T-shirt, was remanded in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court on June 4.

Chairman of the bench Alan Belbin told him: "You are being sent for trial to the Crown Court sitting at Winchester on June 4 at 10am for the offence of murder.

"You will be attending on that day for a preliminary hearing."

Legris's 26-year-old son, Jonathan, also from Bournemouth, has been charged with assisting an offender.

He has been released on bail until June 17 when he will appear at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court.

Officers discovered Ms Li's body "concealed within a silver Fiat Punto" in Verwood Crescent in north Bournemouth on Friday night.

Ms Li was last seen alive by her 18-year-old daughter, Lu Yao, at their home in Burnham Drive on the evening of May 23.

The nurse was captured on CCTV earlier that day as she drove out of the hospital car park in her Porsche Boxster car after finishing work.

Specialist officers began forensically examining the Fiat Punto and the surrounding area, some four miles from Ms Li's home, on Friday.

Miss Yao reported her mother missing last Tuesday and had made an emotional appeal for her to get in touch and for members of the public to come forward with information.

Detectives said Ms Li moved to the UK from China a decade ago and had worked at the hospital since 2009.

They said she lived "quite a private personal life" and officers were trying to build a picture of her lifestyle.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "We still very much want to hear from anyone who may have any information about what happened to Rui Li.

"In particular we would like anyone with information about the movements of two vehicles - a silver Fiat Punto with registration plate W887 PDL and a large white Ford Transit van with registration plate Y491 GFT - between May 24 and May 28 to contact police."

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