No charge in village murder

PUBLISHED: 14:22 12 July 2011



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POLICE have not yet charged anyone in relation to the death of a Kewstoke murder victim.

All cordons have been lifted apart from the ones directly outside Royal Oak Stores and police continue to search for evidence relating to the investigation into Julia Tottle’s death.

The police plan to finish searching the area in Kewstoke by the end of today (Tues).

Julia, known locally as Julie, was found dead in her cottage behind Royal Oak Stores, in Crookes Lane, at about noon last Tuesday.

She died from head injuries following a sustained attack.

The Mercury understands that her injuries were not related to a gunshot wound, as previously rumoured.

A man in Frenchay hospital, believed to be Julia’s husband, Stephen Hotson, is currently under arrest and there is no change to his condition, which remains stable.

Police say he has ‘life-changing injuries’.

Mr Hotson was found after falling or jumping from the upstairs window of the store, known locally as the ‘pink shop’.

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