Pensioner is charged with murdering his wife who disappeared in 1982

An 88-year-old man has been charged with murdering his wife who disappeared almost 40-years ago.

Brenda Venables was reported missing by husband David, from their home in Kempsey, Worcestershire in May 1982.

Her remains were discovered in a septic tank at the property during routine maintenance in July 2019.

Mr Venables, who was arrested at the time, was subsequently released under investigation.

But the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has now announced that the retired farmer has now been charged with his wife’s murder.

David Venables has been charged with murder and will appear before magistrates court on Wednesday

Mark Paul, head of the complex casework unit at the CPS, said: "The decision to authorise the charge against the defendant was made after careful consideration of all the available evidence of this complex case and determining that a prosecution is required in the public interest.

"The alleged offences occurred between May 2 1982 and May 5 1982.

"The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether criminal charges are appropriate.

"Criminal proceedings are now active, and there must be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could prejudice these proceedings."

The couple lived at Quaking House farm in Kempsey

When Mrs Venables was reported missing by her husband the couple lived at the substantial Quaking House farm in Kempsey.

Mrs Venables ran a nursery at the site, while her husband ran a piggery on 500 acres of land.

Police used a helicopter to search the banks of the nearby River Severn but no trace of her was found at the time.

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