Man charged with murder, rape and arson after body of woman found in a burnt-out flat 

A teenager has appeared in court charged with murder, rape and arson after a woman’s body was found in a burning flat.

Curtis Moyse, 18, appeared before Leicester Magistrates’ Court today following the death of Leah Fray, 27.

Ms Fray’s body was found inside a torched flat over the Easter weekend after emergency services were called to a fire in a flat on Mere Road, Leicester, just after 7am on April 21.     

Curtis Moyse, 18, appeared before before Leicester Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder, rape and arson after a woman’s body was found in a burning flat

Curtis Moyse, 18, appeared before before Leicester Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder, rape and arson after a woman’s body was found in a burning flat

Curtis Moyse, 18, appeared before before Leicester Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder, rape and arson after a woman’s body was found in a burning flat

Leah Fray, 27, was found inside a torched flat on Mere Road, Leicester, just after 7am on April 21

Leah Fray, 27, was found inside a torched flat on Mere Road, Leicester, just after 7am on April 21

Leah Fray, 27, was found inside a torched flat on Mere Road, Leicester, just after 7am on April 21

Moyse, of Avonside Drive, Leicester, is charged with the murder of Ms Fray in a flat at Mere Road, Leicester on April 21.

He is also charged with arson with intent to endanger life and rape [the victim of the rape is not named on the indictment] at the same address on the same day.

At Leicester Magistrates Court today, Moyse, who was dressed in a grey tracksuit, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality and showed no emotion during the hearing which lasted around ten minutes.

Karen Grewcock, chair of the bench, adjourned the case to Leicester Crown Court on April 29.

Moyse appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court today to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality

Moyse appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court today to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality

Moyse appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court today to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality 

Murder investigation teams stand outside the property after the 27-year-old woman is found inside

Murder investigation teams stand outside the property after the 27-year-old woman is found inside

Murder investigation teams stand outside the property after the 27-year-old woman is found inside

Moyse was remanded in custody.

Sabrina Sohota appeared for the Crown while Shanaz Patel represented Moyse.     

Following the discovery of Ms Fray’s body, police suspected that the fire had been deliberately started and launched a murder probe.

During the police hunt, officers appealed for anyone in the Mere Road area on the morning of April 21 to come forward and assist in their investigation.  

Forensic teams stand outside Mere Road in Highfields where Leah Fray was found dead

Forensic teams stand outside Mere Road in Highfields where Leah Fray was found dead

 Forensic teams stand outside Mere Road in Highfields where Leah Fray was found dead

A murder investigation is launched after police chiefs believe the fire inside the property on Mere Road, Leicester, may have been started deliberately started

A murder investigation is launched after police chiefs believe the fire inside the property on Mere Road, Leicester, may have been started deliberately started

 A murder investigation is launched after police chiefs believe the fire inside the property on Mere Road, Leicester, may have been started deliberately started

 

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