The case of a pensioner who is accused of murdering a woman in Hayle has been transferred to Truro Crown Court.

Thomas Whitehorn, aged 74, appeared for a short preliminary hearing before Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court today (Wednesday), writes Ted Davenport.

He was not asked to enter a plea and the case was adjourned until November 24, when it will be heard at Truro Crown Court.

He is expected to be asked to enter a plea at this hearing.

Whitehorn, from Hayle, is charged with the murder of Rhonda Humphreys, aged 53.

Her body was found after police and ambulance crews were called to Foundry Square in Hayle at 2 am on Monday this week (October 26).

She was found with multiple injuries and declared dead at the scene.

Whitehorn appeared before magistrates in Exeter yesterday, before the crown court hearing today.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said yesterday: "Detectives would like to thank the local community for their support and are urging anybody who has information which may assist with the investigation to contact them.

"Please email 101@dc, or telephone 101, quoting log number 56 of 26/10/20."

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers at or via 0800 555 111.