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Shed man denies making contact with mother of murder victim

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

Exeter Crown Court

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A man who lives in a shed has denied making contact with the mother of murder victim Scarlett Keeling when he was banned from doing so.

Toby Riccard, aged 48, pleaded not guilty to breaching a restraining order by writing to Fiona McKeown in October last year when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

Riccard, from Holsworthy, also denied harassing Ray Clarke and making threats to harm him at around the same time.

He appeared at Exeter Crown Court and the Judge was told he lives in a shed on the Devon Cornwall border and had to walk four miles even to get to the nearest bus stop.

When he was arraigned he stuck his fingers in his ears after telling the judge that even hearing Miss McKeown’s name made him feel sick.

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, adjourned the case for a trial in January and bailed Riccard on condition he does not contact either complainant or go near Miss McKeown’s address in Bradworthy, North Devon.

Miss McKeown is the mother of Scarlett Keeling, the 15-year-old girl from Devon who was murdered on a beach in Goa, India, while on a family holiday.

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