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European edition, Wednesday, September 26, 2007

RAF MILDENHALL — A 41-year-old woman has been charged in the death of a Ministry of Defence police constable stationed at RAF Menwith Hill.

On Monday, Suzanne Phillipson appeared in court to face a murder charge in the death of David Smith, 35.

Smith was stabbed in the heart Friday while he was off-duty at his home in Barnoldswick, according to a Lancashire Constabulary news release.

Phillipson initially appeared before the Burnley Magistrate’s Court and is being held in custody at Her Majesty’s Prison Styal, court spokeswoman Michelle Daniel wrote in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes on Tuesday.

Phillipson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at the Preston Crown Court on Oct. 8, according to Daniel.

Lancashire police also have arrested and questioned an 18-year-old woman in connection with the death.

The woman has been released on bail until November pending further inquiries, the news release said.

Police were called at 6:45 p.m. Friday regarding a violent incident at Smith’s home on Skipton Road in Barnoldswick.

Smith was discovered with serious injuries and later died at the Burnley General Hospital, the release said.

An autopsy carried out by the British Home Office found the cause of death to be a fatal stab wound to the heart, the release added.

Lancashire police spokesman Nathan Skelton said that Smith and Phillipson were living together at the time.

Although arrests have already been made, police are still investigating the circumstances of the incident, Skelton said.

Anyone with information about the incident is advised to contact police at 01282 425001 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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