Published: 25/01/2010 00:00 - Updated: 30/01/2010 09:45

New headless body murder charges

Detectives from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit investigating the murder of Michael Gilbert, have on the direction of the Crown Prosecution Service, further charged two of the accused with murder.

Michael GilbertThe defendants appeared at Luton Magistrates Court this morning at 10am. They were bailed to attend Luton Crown Court on February 19.

It is anticipated that they will continue to stand trial along with the remaining five defendants, as previously arranged on February 22, although this is still to be confirmed.

Those additionally charged are:

Nichola Roberts, 21, of Burford Close, Luton, charged with Familial Homicide and Perverting the Course of Justice, is additionally charged with Murder.

Natasha Oldfield, 19, of Chertsey Close, Luton, charged with Familial Homicide and Perverting the Course of Justice, is additionally charged with Murder.

Both women are currently on bail and are expected to remain so.

Of the remaining defendants, two have pleaded guilty to the following offences. They are:

Richard Watt, 25,of Chertsey Close, Luton, has pleaded guilty to Familial Homicide. The charge of Murder remains on file and but he will stand trial charged with Perverting the Course of Justice on February 22.

Robert Watt, 20, of Chertsey Close, Luton, has pleaded guilty to two counts of Perverting the Course of Justice. He will continue to stand trial for Familial Homicide and Murder on February 22.

Sentencing for the offences they have pleaded guilty to will take place at the conclusion of the trial.

The other defendants charges and pleas remain unchanged. They are:

James Watt, 27, of Chertsey Close, Luton, charged with Murder, Familial Homicide and Perverting the Course of Justice.

Antonio Watt,70, of Chertsey Close, Luton, charged with Familial Homicide and Perverting the Course of Justice.

Jennifer Smith-Dennis,58, of Chertsey Close, Luton, charged with Familial Homicide and two counts of Perverting the Course of Justice.

Michael Gilbert, aged 26, was found dead in the Blue Lagoon in Arlesey in Central Bedfordshire on May 10, 2009.

They were remanded on bail to appear at the same court on February 19 this year.

Judge John Bevan QC, who will be conducting the trial which is due to begin on February 22, said despite the recent development it was hoped the trial could still take place as arranged.

The two women had originally been charged with familial homicide and perverting the course of justice which they deny.

Richard Watt, 25, of Chertsey Close, Luton, has pleaded guilty to familial homicide.

The charge of murder remains on file but he will stand trial charged with perverting the course of justice on February 22.

Robert Watt, 20, also of Chertsey Close, Luton, has pleaded guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice. He will continue to stand trial for familial homicide and murder on February 22.

James Watt, 27, also of Chertsey Close, Luton, is charged with murder, familial homicide and perverting the course of justice.

Mr. Gilbert's headless corpse was found in the Blue Lagoon in Arlesey on May 10 last year.

He was 26 and a former pupil of Halyard High School in Luton.

It is believed he died on or about January 21 last year.
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