Sarah Payne suspect in court

The man accused of kidnapping and murdering eight-year-old Sarah Payne is due to appear in court.

The man accused of kidnapping and murdering eight-year-old Sarah Payne is due to appear in court.

Roy William Whiting, 42, is expected at Lewes Crown Court for a preliminary hearing before Judge Richard Brown.

Whiting, formerly of St Augustine Road, Littlehampton, first appeared at Chichester Crown Court 12 days ago.

Presiding magistrate Michael Sugden, sitting with two others, refused an application for bail and adjourned the case to Lewes.

Tight security is expected at the East Sussex court following Whiting's appearance at Chichester, when an angry crowd of more than 200 people chased the vehicle carrying the defendant away from the court.

Sarah, from Hersham, Surrey, disappeared near her grandparents' home in Kingston Gorse, East Preston, on July 1 last year.

Her partially-buried body was found 16 days later a short distance from the A29 near Pulborough, West Sussex.

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