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Man and woman deny murder of 60-year-old man in his Devon home just before Christmas 

Two people have denied murdering a 60-year-old man who had severe learning difficulties.

Stephen Fogg was found dead at his home in Wembury, Devon, in December last year after concerns were raised for his welfare.

Lee Chugg, 41, and Jodie Swannick, 31, both pleaded not guilty to Mr Fogg’s murder when they appeared before a judge at Exeter Crown Court.

They were both remanded in custody and they are due to go on trial at Plymouth Crown Court in August.

Stephen Fogg was found dead at his home in Wembury, Devon, in December last year after concerns were raised for his welfare

Stephen Fogg was found dead at his home in Wembury, Devon, in December last year after concerns were raised for his welfare

Stephen Fogg was found dead at his home in Wembury, Devon, in December last year after concerns were raised for his welfare

Jodie Swannick, 31, from no fixed abode, Plymouth, was first charged with the murder and appeared at Exeter Crown Court on Wednesday 23 December where she was remanded. 

Chugg, from Plymouth, was charged with murder on Christmas Eve and appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Boxing Day.

He had been arrested at an address in the city on the evening of Monday 21 December, and received a custody extension while receiving treatment in hospital.

Lee Chugg, 41, and Jodie Swannick, 31, both pleaded not guilty to Mr Fogg¿s murder when they appeared before a judge at Exeter Crown Court

Lee Chugg, 41, and Jodie Swannick, 31, both pleaded not guilty to Mr Fogg¿s murder when they appeared before a judge at Exeter Crown Court

Lee Chugg, 41, and Jodie Swannick, 31, both pleaded not guilty to Mr Fogg’s murder when they appeared before a judge at Exeter Crown Court

The body of Mr Fogg was found at his home in Hawthorn Drive shortly after 10am on December 17 following reports of concerns for his welfare.

Police and paramedics attended, but Mr Fogg was found dead.

It is understood that Mr Fogg lived alone but was regularly visited by carers, and was known to have severe learning difficulties. 

A Devon and Cornwall police spokesperson said at the time: ‘This is being treated as an isolated incident and there is not believed to be any wider risk to the public in the Wembury area.’

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