Mark Brown, from Squirrel Close, St Leonards, did not enter a plea when he appeared at a hearing at Lewes Crown Court today (November 30). He was remanded in custody and is next expected to appear in court in February next year. A provisional trial date was set for May 9. Photographs showed him arriving at Lewes Crown Court this morning, wearing a green and yellow prison boiler suit. He was wearing handcuffs, and was led out of the Serco prison van by two officers.
Mr Brown was charged with Alexandra’s murder shortly before midnight on Sunday (November 28), three days after being arrested in connection with her disappearance. Alexandra, from Sissinghurst, Kent, was last seen at a petrol station near Cranbrook at 7.20am on Sunday 14 November. She has not been in contact with her family since. Police have issued a CCTV image of her stopping to buy fuel in her white Mini Cooper at the petrol station.
Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are leading the murder investigation. They said enquiries to locate Alexandra’s body “remain ongoing”, with searches continuing in several locations. They include one in the St Leonards area, others near Westfield, six miles north of Hastings, and Rock Lane, near Three Oaks, and one in Sevenoaks Weald, Kent.
Alexandra, the mother of two young children, was last seen wearing a green, quilted, knee-length coat, a black top and ripped blue jeans. She was also wearing knee-high black boots and a silver necklace. She is described as around 5ft 6in tall, with a slim build and brown, shoulder-length hair.
A 53-year-old man from Hastings who was arrested in connection with the case on Friday (November 26) has been released without charge.