IT con­sul­tant ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife

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An IT con­sul­tant has ap­peared at Maid­stone Crown Court ac­cused of mur­der­ing his school teacher wife.

Wear­ing a grey sweat­shirt and bot­toms, Stu­art An­drews, 54, spoke only to be iden­ti­fied dur­ing the brief hear­ing on Mon­day.

He was ar­rested af­ter the body of 52-year-old Caro­line An­drews was found at their rented bun­ga­low in The Street, Be­nen­den, on Fe­bru­ary 4.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed she had been stran­gled the pre­vi­ous day.

An­drews, a for­mer ad­viser to the Bank of Eng­land, will re­turn to court on April 1 for a case man­age­ment hear­ing. A psy­chi­atric re­port will be pre­pared in the mean­time.

Judge Jeremy Carey set a pro­vi­sional trial date for July 25.

A bail ap­pli­ca­tion was not made a nd An­drews was re­manded in cus­tody.

Tributes have been paid to Mrs An­drews who worked part­time at Be­nen­den CE Pri­mary School.

Head t eacher Gill Knox praised Mrs An­drews’ qual­i­ties as a teacher, say­ing: “Caro­line knew the chil­dren re­ally well and they all loved her.

“She was skilled at her job and al­ways flex­i­ble, work­ing right across the school years, but she par­tic­u­larly en­joyed work­ing with the lit­tle ones in re­cep­tion.”

The school held a spe­cial as­sem­bly for the mother-of- four at Be­nen­den Church, with a child from each year group light­ing a can­dle in Mrs An­drews’s mem­ory.

IT con­sul­tant Stu­art An­drews. Right, his wife Caro­line who was found dead in their home

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