Full width home advertisement

Post Page Advertisement [Top]

Man, 41, charged with murdering pensioner, 88, in his bungalow in leafy Surrey village appears in court

Man, 41, charged with murdering pensioner, 88, in his bungalow in leafy Surrey village appears in court
  • Darren John Robert McClean, 41, is accused of killing Dennis Kellond, 88
  • He appeared at Guildford Magistrates' Court today but did not enter a plea
  • Mr Kellond is thought to have been discovered dead at his home by his son 
A man was remanded in custody today charged with the murder of a pensioner in a leafy village during lockdown.
Darren John Robert McClean, 41, is accused of killing Dennis Kellond, 88, who was found dead on Monday in his £730,000 bungalow in picturesque Godstone, Surrey.
He appeared in the dock at Guildford Magistrates' Court today before District Judge Julie Cooper and spoke only to confirm his full name, date of birth, address and nationality.
He did not enter a plea during the brief hearing.
McClean, from Bletchingley, Surrey, was remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court on Monday May 4. 
Mr Kellond is thought to have been discovered dead at his home by his son on Monday morning after neighbours raised concerns they had not seen him for a couple of days.
A post-mortem carried out on Tuesday found he died of a head injury.
Neighbours paid tribute to Mr Kellond following his shock death and said he was an active member of the local community. He lived alone on Bletchingley Road after his wife died. 
The body of 88-year-old Dennis Kellond (pictured) was found in his £730,000 home on Monday by his son Peter
The body of 88-year-old Dennis Kellond (pictured) was found in his £730,000 home on Monday by his son Peter Dennis Kellond's death has shocked Godstone (pictured, police searching a nearby area)
Dennis Kellond, 88, from Godstone Boules Group, of which he was a member, pictured while playing Boules with fellow members and friends (centre with tape). He was found dead at his home in Godstone by his son on Monday
Dennis Kellond, 88, from Godstone Boules Group, of which he was a member, pictured while playing Boules with fellow members and friends (centre with tape). He was found dead at his home in Godstone by his son on Monday
He used to be on the village preservation society and could often be seen playing his beloved game of Pétanque with friends on the village green.
A fundraising page has gained more than £1,000 in donations to rename the boules pitch on the village green to The Dennis Kellond Pétanque Pitch 'in his eternal memory'.
Father-of-three Dennis did National Service in the Armed Forces and was involved with bomb disposal according to a friend.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Colin Pirie said: 'Mr Kellond's family is going through an extremely difficult time and we would ask that their privacy is respected to allow them to grieve and begin to come to terms with what has happened.' 
Rev'd Peter O'Connell from St Nicholas Church said: 'You sort of expect that if absolutely terrible things happen in the world, then it's not going to be anything here and especially not to someone who is 88 and no threat to anyone.' 
A MailOnline map shows where Godstone is in Surrey, with the village lying just outside the M25 in southeast England
A MailOnline map shows where Godstone is in Surrey, with the village lying just outside the M25 in southeast England

No comments:

Post a comment

Bottom Ad [Post Page]