Stepson charged over nurse murder

The stepson of a nurse not seen since she was reported missing ten days ago has been charged in connection with her murder, Dorset Police have said.

Rui Li was last seen leaving Poole Hospital on Friday May 23
Rui Li was last seen leaving Poole Hospital on Friday May 23

Jonathan Legris, 26, will face a charge of assisting an offender when he appears at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court later this month.

His father, 60-year-old Pierre Legris - husband of missing Poole nurse Rui Li - has been charged with her murder and will appear before magistrates tomorrow.

Murder probe detectives discovered a body, believed to be that of 44-year-old Ms Li, concealed in the boot of a car in the north of Bournemouth on Friday.

Specialist officers began forensically examining a silver Fiat Punto, parked along Verwood Crescent in north Bournemouth on Friday, some four miles from Ms Li's home address in Burnham Drive.

Ms Li was last seen alive by her 18-year-old daughter at her home on May 23. Lu Yao had previously made an emotional appeal for her mother to get in touch and for members of the public to come forward with information.

Detectives said Ms Li moved to the UK from China a decade ago and had worked at the hospital since 2009.

They said Ms Li lived "quite a private personal life" and officers were trying to build a picture of her lifestyle.

Police said they would still like anyone with information about the movements of two vehicles - a silver Fiat Punto with registration plate W887 PDL and a large white Ford Transit van with registration plate Y491 GFT - between Saturday 24 May and Wednesday 28 May to contact officers.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and the inquest will be opened in due course, a police spokesman added.

The stepson has been bailed and will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on June 17.