A crown court date has been set for a 66-year-old man who is accused of murdering Shani Warren in the 1980s.

Donald Robertson, formerly of Slough, has been charged with the murder of Ms Warren, whose body was found in Taplow Lake days after she disappeared on April 17, 1987, aged just 26.

At Wycombe Magistrates' Court this morning (Friday) the court heard how Robertson was charged with murder, unlwaful imprisonment and indecent assault of Ms Warren.

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At the hearing, Robertson was also charged with the rape and kidnap of a 16-year-old girl on Farnham Lane, Slough, in July 1981. She cannot be named for legal reasons.

Donaldson, who is in custody, did not appear at the hearing, and was represented by his lawyer Angela Porter.

Bucks Free Press: Shani Warren's body was discovered in Taplow LakeShani Warren's body was discovered in Taplow Lake

During the brief hearing, District Judge Arvind Sharma told the court that Robertson will next appear at Reading Crown Court on Monday, November 29.

No pleas were entered, and Robertson has been remanded in custody until the next hearing.

Ms Warren, who came to be known as the ‘Lady in the Lake’ after her body was found in the water in Taplow, went missing on Good Friday, April 17, 1987.

She never returned to her home in Stoke Poges, and she was found in the lake the following Sunday by a walker.

A coroner ruled that Ms Warren died by drowning, and police initially ruled that her death was suicide, but an extensive investigation in recent years saw Donaldson arrested on June 22 this year, and he was charged with her murder this morning.

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