Jemma Mitchell accused of decapitating Mee Kuen Chong and dumping body in Devon, court told


Pictured: Suspect, 36, who is accused of murdering woman, 67, in London before headless body was found 250 miles away in Devon

  • Mee Kuen Chong, known as Deborah, was found decapitated in Devon woodland
  • The Old Bailey is told Ms Chong’s killer took body 250 miles from Wembley home
  • Jemma Mitchell, 36, is accused of the murder of Ms Chong, court has been told
  • Mitchell, from London, has been remanded in custody until her next appearance 

This is the first photograph of the woman charged with murdering and beheading 67-year-old Mee Kuen Chong.

Jemma Mitchell, 36, who today appeared before the Old Bailey, is seen alongside mother Hilary Collard and her 100-year-old grandmother Iris Huntley.

The snap was taken in 2016 at her grandmother’s North London nursing home home during her centenary celebrations.

Mitchell is accused of murdering Ms Chong – known as Deborah by her friends – and then travelling 250-miles from London to Devon to dump the body.

The victim was reported missing from her home in Wembley, north London, on June 11.

Jemma Mitchell (left), 36, who today appeared before the Old Bailey, is seen alongside mother Hilary Collard and her 100-year-old grandmother Iris Huntley

Her headless body was found in woodland near Salcombe on June 27.

A post-mortem examination took place at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital last week but a cause of death has not yet been ascertained.

Mitchell, appeared before Judge Mark Lucraft QC at the Old Bailey by video link from Bronzefield prison.

She spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth.

Judge Lucraft set a plea hearing for September 28 and remanded the defendant into custody. 

Pictured: Mee Kuen Chong, known to friends as Deborah, was found dead in woodland in Devon and had been decapitated

Pictured: Mee Kuen Chong, known to friends as Deborah, was found dead in woodland in Devon and had been decapitated

A post-mortem examination took place at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital last week but a cause of death has not yet been ascertained.  

Mitchell of Brondesbury Park, Brent, north-west London, was charged with her murder.

On Tuesday, Mitchell appeared before Judge Mark Lucraft QC at the Old Bailey by video link from Bronzefield prison.

She spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth. 

Judge Lucraft set a plea hearing for September 28 and remanded the defendant into custody.

Police closed surrounding roads after the body of Mee Kuen Chong was discovered in Devon

Police closed surrounding roads after the body of Mee Kuen Chong was discovered in Devon

A special ops tent set up next to the woodland in Devon where Deborah's body was found

A special ops tent set up next to the woodland in Devon where Deborah’s body was found

Ms Chong had been reported missing from her home in Wembley on June 11 before her decapitated body was found 16 days later in woodland in Salcombe, Devon, on June 27

Ms Chong had been reported missing from her home in Wembley on June 11 before her decapitated body was found 16 days later in woodland in Salcombe, Devon, on June 27

Mrs Chong was originally from Malaysia and had lived in Wembley for more than 30 years.

Her death was initially treated as unexplained with the investigation led by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Last Tuesday, inquiries by the force in south Devon and the London area led to a murder investigation being launched by the Met’s specialist crime command.

Her family has been updated about the new development and is being supported by trained officers. 

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