Teenager, 19, denies murdering nurse

Joanne Rand, 47, was sitting on a park bench when a group of men allegedly began fighting near her 

A teenager has denied murdering a nurse, who died from burns 11 days after she was allegedly showered with acid when a bottle was kicked at her as she sat on a bench.

Joanna Rand, 47, was in a park in Frogmoor, Buckinghamshire, when a fight broke out between a group of men in June last year.

Ms Rand was said to have been sprayed with the toxic substance after one of the men kicked a bottle during the altercation.

She died at Stoke Mandeville Hospital 11 days after the incident.

Xeneral Webster, 19, from Hammersmith in London, is accused of murder, attempted grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, robbery and causing grievous bodily harm. He denies all the charges against him.  

The family of Ms Rand previously released a tribute to her and revealed that she had tragically lost her daughter Charlotte in 2011.

They wrote: ‘Jo will be fondly remembered as a fun-loving, bubbly and caring person. She meant so much to so many and her tragic and sudden death has left everyone who knew her shocked and deeply saddened.

‘Jo was born in County Durham and grew up in High Wycombe. She was the youngest sibling of five girls. 

‘Growing up, Jo was very mischievous. As the baby of the family, Jo was spoilt by her sisters and was always the centre of their attention.’

The trial is due to start at Reading Crown Court on April 9.

Webster, who 18 at the time of the incident, now of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody by Judge Johanna Cutts, sitting at Reading Crown Court. 

Ms Rand was allegedly sprayed with the substance after one of the man kicked a bottle

Ms Rand was allegedly sprayed with the substance after one of the man kicked a bottle

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