A man has been charged with the murder of a pensioner at Rednal in north Worcestershire.
The man, who is aged 22 and from Birmingham, was arrested on Sunday (5 June) and was last night (Wednesday) charged with the murder of Mr Paul Cox, burgling his house at Waseley Road and stealing his car.
He remains in custody and was due to appear at Redditch Magistrates Court this morning (Thursday 9 June). The court session begins at 10am.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williamson, said: “Following a detailed and careful review of the case, and in close consultation with Suzanne Llewellyn, the Crown District Prosecutor for the Crown Prosection Service in West Mercia, a decision has been reached that there is sufficient evidence to charge this individual with the murder of Mr Cox, burglary and car theft.
“Our thoughts remain with the Mr Cox’s family at this sad time.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to those people who have assisted us and responded to our appeals by coming forward with information to help our investigation.
Another man arrested in connection with Mr Cox’s death was released yesterday on police bail until July 20 pending further inquiries and a third man who was arrested was also released yesterday without charge.
Mr Cox, who would have celebrated his 84th birthday on Tuesday (7 June), was found dead on Friday morning (June 3) at his house where he lived alone.
The man charged has been named as Cory Youlden, aged 22, of Hagley Road. He appeared before Redditch magistrates charged with the murder of Mr Paul Cox, burgling his house at Waseley Road and stealing his car. Mr Cox, who was aged 83, was found dead at his home on Friday morning (3 June).
Youlden was remanded in custody to appear at Worcester Crown Court tomorrow (Friday 10 June).
Another man arrested in connection with Mr Cox’s death was yesterday (Wednesday) released on police bail until July 20 pending further inquiries.