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The man accused of murdering a police community support officer (PCSO) was photographed carrying his weapon in a bag the day after her death, a court has been told.

In the picture, Callum Wheeler, 22, is seen carrying a blue holdall with a long object covered in plastic bags poking out of it.

Prosecutors claim the object was the railway jack that Wheeler used to bludgeon 53-year-old Julia James.

Jurors at Canterbury Crown Court heard gamekeeper Gavin Tucker took the image on 28 April last year – the day after Mrs James was killed.

Dashcam footage from Mr Tucker’s vehicle captured them talking close to the junction of Pond Lane and Spinney Lane near Aylesham, Kent.

After being asked what he was doing, Wheeler said he was "lost or new to the area", jurors heard.

Having seen the same man in the area the previous September, Mr Tucker told the court: "I knew he was telling lies."

The gamekeeper called police to report "a suspicious fella I have just approached and he’s running off".

On 21 September 2020, Mr Tucker twice challenged Wheeler while walking in fields near Ackholt Wood and told his colleague to keep an eye out for him, the court heard.

Mr Tucker added: "It was just the way that he came across to me. Obviously seeing him twice within a short period of time, I didn’t like the way it was."

Mrs James was off-duty and walking her dog in fields and woodland near the back of her home in Snowdown, Kent, when she was attacked.

Wheeler admits killing her but denies murder.

The trial continues.

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