Man appears in court charged with historic St Albans murder

PUBLISHED: 16:44 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:44 19 May 2017

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A 60-year-old man has appeared at the Old Bailey, accused of murdering a father-of-two in St Albans more than 20 years ago.

Justin Clarke, of no fixed address, is accused of shooting Paul Milburn, 43, with a hand gun as he sat in his Saab car.

Mr Milburn, a self-employed builder from Walton, was found dead behind the wheel in Noke Lane, St Albans, on Friday, April 26, 1993.

A post-mortem examination found he died from a gunshot wound to the upper part of his body.

In 2016, Clarke was arrested in Berlin under the European Arrest Warrant, before being extradited to the UK.

He appeared in court on Friday, May 19, where he confirmed his name and entered not guilty pleas to charges of murder and possession of a firearm.

Clarke also denied a charge of conspiracy to defraud Mr Milburn and others by falsely representing he would supply cannabis resin, and a charge to supply a class B drug between March 31 and April 27, 1993.

Clarke was remanded in custody. His trial will take place at Woolwich crown court on Tuesday, October 3.

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