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Woman, 37, denies murdering 67-year-old pensioner

A woman appeared in court today to deny killing a 67-year-old pensioner then dumping her decapitated body 250 miles away in Devon.

Mee Kuen Chong, 67, known to friends as Deborah, was reported missing from her home in Wembley, north London, on June 11.

Her body was found in woodland near the Devon town of Salcombe on June 27.

Mee Kuen Chong, 67, (left) known to friends as Deborah, was reported missing from her home in Wembley, north London, on June 11. Jemma Mitchell, 37, (right) has denied killing her 

A special ops tent set up next to the woodland in Devon where Ms Chong's body was found

Today, her alleged killer Jemma Mitchell, 37, appeared in the dock of Court One at the Old Bailey for a plea hearing.

She pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Chong on a date between June 10 and 27 this year.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC set a provisional four-week trial for September 26 next year.

A further hearing was set for December 23 this year for the defendant to attend by video link.

The defendant, of Brent, north-west London, was remanded into custody ahead of her four week trial at the Old Bailey on September 26 next year. 

Ms Chong had been reported missing from her home in Wembley on June 11 before her decapitated body was found 16 days later in woodland in Salcombe, Devon, on June 27

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