Rena Salmon denies murder of Lorna Stewart

Rena Salmon

The woman accused of shooting Lorna Stewart at the Equilibrium beauty salon last month has pleaded not guilty in the Old Bailey today.

The case has now been adjourned until the 12th December to allow psychiatric reports to be presented to the court.

Rena Salmon, a 42-year-old mother of two, from Great Shefford, Hungerford, Berks, was further remanded in custody.

Lorna Stewart was three months pregnant at the time of her death on September 10. The two women had formerly been neighbours in Great Shefford in Berkshire but Ms. Stewart left after the break up of her marriage.

Ms Stewart was the former owner of the Equilibrium Health and Beauty Clinic on the High Road where the attack took place.

Floral tributes outside the shop where the shooting occured

Police were called to the scene following reports of a woman entering the rear entrance of the shop armed with a full length shotgun, and further reports of shots fired at the location. The shop was closed due to a fire earlier this year and builders on the scene witnessed a well dressed woman entering the premises with a weapon.

Officers arrived at the scene and found Ms. Stewart suffering from gunshot wounds, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Armed officers attending the scene arrested Mrs. Salmon who made no attempt to flee.

The trial is expected to take place on March 17 next year.

October 31, 2002

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