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Four charged in connection with Oxfordshire murder investigation

Four people have been charged with fraud offences in connection with a murder in Oxfordshire.

The investigation started following the death of James Sootheran, aged 59, who was known by his middle name, Anthony.

Mr Sootheran was found deceased at his home in South Newington, Oxfordshire, on 18 March 2014.

The post mortem found that Mr Sootheran died from pneumonia, which was caused by malnourishment.

Today (26/3) the following four people appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court having been summonsed to court in connection with the investigation:

June Alsford, aged 76, of Little Lane in Aynho, has been charged with one count of fraud by false representation, and one count of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Shanda Robinson, aged 49, of Sage Road, Banbury, has been charged with one count of fraud by false representation, and one count of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Michael Dunkley, aged 47, of Brickle Lane, Bloxham, has been charged with one count of fraud by false representation.

Denise Neal, aged 39, of Radway Road, Lower Tysoe, Warwickshire, has been charged with one count of fraud by false representation.

They are all due to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 23 April.

Previously, on 18 March, two other defendants were charged in relation to this investigation:

Lynda Rickard, aged 60, of Edinburgh Close, Banbury, has been charged with one count of murder, one count of manslaughter, four counts of fraud by false representation, one count of fraud by abuse of position, two counts of making a false instrument with intent it be accepted as genuine, two counts of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, and one count of possess/control article for use in fraud.

Wayne Rickard, aged 64, of Edinburgh Close, Banbury, has been charged with one count of murder, one count of causing/allowing the death of a vulnerable adult, one count of fraud by false representation, and one count of conspiring to pervert the course of justice,

Lynda Rickard and Wayne Rickard appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 19 March and are scheduled to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 28 June.

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