THIS is the man charged with the rape and murder of an 89-year-old woman in her North London home.
Reece Dempster, 22, allegedly burgled the Tottenham house before sexually assaulting and killing elderly Dorothy Woolmer.
The Old Bailey heard the elderly woman suffered “multiple blunt trauma injuries” that caused her death.
Dempster, who has no fixed abode, spoke only to confirm his name, age, his nationality as “English”, and that he understood judge Wendy Joseph QC during the 13-minute mention hearing.
Dempster was dressed in a grey prison t-shirt and tracksuit and sat slouched with his arms crossed as he confirmed his name, date of birth and nationality while being watched by guards at high-security Belmarsh Prison.
He was not asked to enter a plea to any of the charges – one count each of murder, rape and burglary, and two counts of sexual assault, court documents confirmed.
He was remanded in custody and will appear before the Old Bailey for a plea hearing on October 23.
Police had been called to the Waltheof Gardens home about 10.45am when they found Dorothy’s body
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tributes have since been paid for the elderly woman after her body was found in Tottenham.
The former housewife and keen gardener had lived in the two-storey terraced home in Tottenham with her husband Ken Woolmer, a former Royal Navy engineer, for more than 60 years. Ken passed away a few years ago, according to neighbours.
A relative of Dorothy said: “Our family are completely shocked at the death of my 89-year-old Great Aunt on 4th August.
“She was a wonderful, beautiful woman, who was full of life.
“She always had something to talk about and was still hands on with everything she did despite her age.
She was extremely self-sufficient and would still cook all of her meals herself and get herself up and down her stairs.
“She was a sister, wife, Aunty and dear friend to many and will be greatly missed.”
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0300. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.