Barking man appears in court charged with mother-of-two's murder

Maria Jane Rawlings  was aged 45 and a mother of two daughters living in the Chelmsford area

A 20-year-old man from Barking appeared in court charged with the murder of mother-of-two Maria Rawlings. - Credit: Met Police

A 20-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of mother-of-two Maria Rawlings.

Maria's body was found in bushes in Little Heath, Chadwell Heath, on May 4.

Valentin Lazar, of Barking, who is charged with committing murder on May 3, appeared in custody at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (May 11).

Flowers have been laid at the bushes where the body of Maria Rawlings was discovered in Little Heath. 

Flowers have been laid at the bushes where the body of Maria Rawlings was discovered in Little Heath. - Credit: Roy Chacko

He spoke only to confirm his personal details through a Romanian interpreter as he stood in the dock.

Lazar was ordered to next appear in custody at the Old Bailey on May 13, which will be his birthday.


Flowers have been laid at the bushes where the body of Maria Rawlings was discovered in Little Heath. 

The body of Maria Rawlings was discovered by a man walking his dog in Little Heath, Chadwell Heath. - Credit: Roy Chacko

A post-mortem examination gave a preliminary cause of death for Maria, 45, as neck compression and possible blunt force head trauma.

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