Two brothers and a man appeared in court on Thursday charged with the murder of a fisherman whose body was found floating in the River Thames two years ago.
Scott Wilkinson was bludgeoned to death during a lone fishing trip on the banks of the Thames in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey in July 2016.
He had left his home on July 25 to go fishing, pitching his tent near the water’s edge of Donkey Island on the river.
Charlie Smith is one of three men charged with the murder of Scott Wilkinson in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey back in 2016
Brothers Lennie Crawt (left) and Shane Crawt (right) appeared in the dock at Staines Magistrates in separate hearings
The angler was reported missing by concerned family on July 28 and his body pulled from the river by firefighters later that afternoon a short distance from where he was fishing the night before.
After a major search, his body was pulled from the water and he was discovered to have severe traumatic head injuries.
His tent and fishing gear were found among secluded trees on an island nearby.
On Thursday, the trio, aged 18, 19 and 23 years, appeared in the dock at Staines Magistrates in separate hearings all charged with murder and theft of a motorbike.
All three were remanded in custody and were due to appear before a crown court judge at the Old Bailey next week.
Presiding magistrate Mrs Diane Hall, told the three that the charges were too serious for her to deal with.
The body of 48-year-old father Scott Wilkinson was found in the river in Walton-on-Thames
A post-mortem examination revealed that he died of trauma to the head Copy to caption PMS transfer info after police found his body floating in the Thames
She said: ‘Because of the murder charge, I have no jurisdiction to deal with you in this court today.
‘This case is to be heard in a Crown Court.
‘You will be remanded in custody until July 23, where you will appear at the Old Bailey for the indictment charge against you.’
Charlie Smith, aged 23 years, of no fixed address, and brothers Lennie Crawt, aged 18 years, of Down Street West Molesey, and Shane Crawt, aged 19 years, Old Lodge Lane, Purley, Surrey.
Manjit Bath prosecuted each case on Thursday but did not address the bench during the hearings.
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