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A SUSPECTED killer "stow away in the forest before jumping" on an off-the-clock cop and killing her with a "metal rail route jack", a court has heard.

Callum Wheeler, 22, acknowledges that he killed police local area support official Julia James, however, denies her homicide, hearers have been told.

Opening his preliminary at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, investigator Alison Morgan QC said that Mrs. James was trapped in the forest close to her home in Snowdown, Kent on April 27 last year.

She told the jury: "The proof proposes that her assailant was trusting that somebody will assault and afterward trapped her.

"Julia attempted to get away from her assailant however she was exposed to a ruthless and deadly assault.

"She experienced horrendous wounds and passed on where she fell."

Ms. Morgan said it is the arraignment's case "that there is an enormous group of proof from an assortment of sources that show that the aggressor was this respondent Callum Wheeler."

She told the court: "Even though he rejected obligation for the killing for quite a while, he in all actuality does now acknowledge that he was the individual that killed Julia James.

"Anyway, he doesn't acknowledge that he is a legitimate fault for the offense of homicide."

Callum Wheeler supposedly killed Julia James, 53, close to Ackholt Wood, near her home in the villa of Snowdown, Kent, on April 27 last year.

What's more, in a chilling piece of proof, the second Mrs. James attempted to make her get away from her executioner was caught in pulse and strolling speed information recorded by her Apple Watch, Canterbury Crown Court heard.

Ms. Morgan said: "We saw now the speed she was going at and the second her speed drastically different and that is plotted by the information from her watch."

She added: "We additionally have some familiarity with her pulse. A somewhat steady pulse through the part when she was strolling. That at 14:30 and 36 seconds her pulse was 97 beats each moment."

Ms. Morgan QC said minutes after the fact it had "sent off" to 145 beats each moment, adding: "And that send off is something I will return to regarding where she was and subtleties the getaway she was without a doubt attempting to make at that point.

"The fact that her pulse flooded makes it by then."

Morgan let the jury know that Wheeler over and over visited the forest where Ms. James would consistently walk her Jack Russell canine Toby.


The casualty had seen a man asserted to be her executioner, Callum Wheeler, various times in the forest where she was killed in the months preceding her demise, Canterbury Crown Court has heard.

Morgan said: "On one of those prior events when he was in Ackholt Wood, he saw and was seen by Julia James herself."

Mrs. James later brought up the male, affirmed to have been Wheeler, to spouse Paul James during a walk together in February 2021, about two months before her passing.

She is perceived to have depicted the suspect to her significant other as "an odd male" and "very unusual buddy".

Members of the jury were then played film from police body-worn video of an experience among officials and Wheeler when he dialed 999 on April 17, 10 days before Mrs. James kicked the bucket.

Ms. Morgan told the jury: "He didn't give a cognizant justification behind calling the police and he didn't welcome the cops into his property."

The recording showed Wheeler telling the officials "get lost mate" and "I'm not conversing with you" before his dad consoled them he was OK.

Ms. Morgan said: "You might feel that the recording of this visit demonstrates the litigant to act strangely" and let the court know that he had been hesitant to have "any significant discussion with the police"

Wheeler, from Aylesham in Kent, denies murder and is set to confront preliminary at Canterbury Crown Court under the steady gaze of judge Mrs. Justice Cheema-Grubb.