An Italian farm laborer appeared in court this morning accused of the murder of a “wonderful” animal-loving volunteer whose body was found in a bull pen.
Katherine Bevan, 53, a veterinary pharmacist and author, was found on 3 January in an Arabian horse farm in a beauty area of Devon, once described by Prince Charles as his “ideal English village”.
Her death is believed to have been an accident and was reported to the Health and Safety Manager.
But after a post-mortem exam over the weekend, the police started a murder investigation and arrested 26-year-old Luigi Palmas.
Palmas appeared before Exeter’s magistrates this morning accused of murder.
Katherine Bevan, 53, a veterinary pharmacist and author, was found on 3 January in a bull in Gittisham, Devon
Bevan’s death (pictured) is believed to have been an accident and was reported to the director of health and safety
He appeared alongside a translator and was also accused of assault on Monday causing real physical damage to Nicolas Harris.
He will appear before a judge in the Exeter Crown Court on February 20 and has been remanded to custody.
A police spokesman said: ‘Luigi Palmas, 26, homeless, has been accused of the murder of 53-year-old Katherine Bevan.
“Palmas has also been charged with a further count of assaults that cause real physical harm in connection with an accident in Exeter on January 20.”
Ms. Bevan started volunteering at Gittisham’s Combe Farm five years ago and recently published a book called Knowing Daisy: A True Story, which tells about her relationships with the calves Daisy and Dandelion, who have both been rescued and brought. in the farm.
Ms. Bevan wrote her time affectionately on the farm, saying, “The farm is part of a larger estate and is located in what must be the most beautiful location I have ever found. A long track takes you into a world of ancient charm.
About 280 acres of surrounding countryside surrounds the old farm. Steep hills and valleys, with pockets of woods and natural streams are just some of the wonders to explore. “
After a weekend post-mortem investigation, police started a murder investigation and arrested a 26-year-old man. Pictured: Mrs. Bevan with a cow
It was feared that Mrs. Bevan had been crushed in a tragic accident while holding the bull in a spare pen to Jumbo.
In his book, he described Jumbo as “good-natured” but with the potential to be “deadly dangerous”.
Mrs. Bevan’s distinguished husband, Michael, said: ‘She was wonderful – a wonderful person. She was so devoted to everything she did and she was loved by everyone “.
Ms. Bevan worked as a veterinary pharmacist for the Vale veterinary group and volunteered on the farm.
He previously worked as a marketing manager for the F Hinds jewelers. Michael Harris, who runs Combe Farm, described Ms. Bevan as an “adorable and wonderful person”.
Bevan was thrilled to publish his first book just before Christmas. He worked as a veterinarian pharmacist for Vale’s veterinary team, as well as volunteering on the farm
He added: ‘It is simply horrible. Kate has been a friend and has helped here for the past five years.
‘And he started living here about a year ago. He was part of our family and sat with us for dinner every evening.
‘He was a very special and dear person. He was the last person in the world to whom anyone could do this. She was fantastic and kind. It is absolutely horrible.
‘He helped with a bull and cattle and horses. He had a passion for cattle. ‘
Harris added, “Her body was found in the bull’s pen. But that doesn’t mean she died in the bull.”
The book, “Knowing Daisy”, focuses on the relationship he shared with Daisy, a cow he met four years ago when he was only a few days old
‘Jumbo was silent as a lamb. It never caused any of my workers problems, although obviously bulls can act unpredictably.
‘Kate knew how to manage the farm. She was not a fool. He was well aware of the need to follow security procedures. There is still a lot we don’t know. ‘
Matt Foad, who heads the Vale veterinary team, said: ‘Kate has worked tirelessly to help make Vale the place she is in, and her efforts have helped provide better service to all of our customers. His disappearance shocked us all. ‘
Gittisham has chocolate covered stone houses with stone houses with a stream running through the center. Yesterday the cross of San Giorgio was flown half-mast in the village church.
A spokesman for the health and safety executive said: ‘This is a joint police / HSE investigation. At the moment the police have the primacy of the investigations and therefore we are unable to comment at this moment. “
The murder shook the village of Gittisham, Devon (pictured)
Katherine Bevan was found dead at the Arabs of Gittisham’s Combe Farm, near Honiton, East Devon