Second man summoned to court in connection with death of Eastbourne mum


A second man has been summoned to court to face charges connected to the death of an Eastbourne mum who vanished in 2003.

Police say Joseph Doherty, 72, of Port Glasgow in Scotland, has been summoned to Luton Magistrates court to face charges of preventing a lawful burial, obstructing a coroner in the execution of his duty and perverting the course of justice.

The charges are connected to the discovery of the remains of Eastbourne mother-of-three Natalia Doherty in a garden in Luton in December 2015.

Last week Daniel Doherty, 67, of Icknield Way in Luton, was charged with the same offences.

Both men are due to appear before Luton Magistrates’ Court on May 26.

Natalia, who also went by the surname Wilkanowska, was last seen near her home in Mayfield Place, Eastbourne in April 2003. It is believed she was preparing to visit her estranged husband in Luton at the time.

A fresh investigation into Natalia’s disappearance was opened by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit in 2014.

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