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The man accused of murdering Hornchurch pensioner Rosemary Shearman is set to stand trial next year.

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Thomas Blazquez, 50, of Onslow Gardens, South Woodford, pleaded not guilty to the crime at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court today.

Rosemary, 77, was found dead in her Platford Green home in September. She had been due to leave for a 10-day holiday.

The trial of Blazquez, a former prosecution case worker, will begin on March 31.

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