Cosham murder: Suspect appears in court

GUARD A police officer stands outside the house in Greenwood Avenue, Cosham. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132550-040)
GUARD A police officer stands outside the house in Greenwood Avenue, Cosham. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132550-040)
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A MAN charged with murdering a retired police officer at his Portsmouth home has appeared in court.

Police found 87-year-old Stanley Carter at the house in Greenwood Avenue, Cosham, shortly before 10pm on Sunday.

Stephen Cowdrey, 49, was arrested at Portsmouth Central police station shortly after 11pm the same evening and on Tuesday was charged with murdering Mr Carter.

Dressed in a dark blue, round necked jumper and dark blue track suit bottoms, and flanked by two custody officers in a glass panelled dock, Cowdrey spoke only to confirm his name, address and date-of-birth when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Friday.

Cowdrey, of St Augustine Road, Southsea, is accused of murdering Mr Carter at his home between September 11 and Sunday.

Police said the coroner has been informed of preliminary results of a post-mortem conducted to establish how Mr Carter died.

However the cause of his death has not yet been revealed.

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information about the circumstances surrounding the pensioner’s death to come forward.

They particularly want to hear from anyone with information about any ‘suspicious behaviour or disturbances’ in Greenwood Avenue between Friday and Sunday.

Anyone with information should call Hampshire Major Investigation Team at Fratton station on 101.