Joshua Stimpson appears in court over death of Molly McLaren at Dockside Shopping Centre in Chatham

PUBLISHED: 15:54 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:54 18 September 2017

Molly McLaren

Molly McLaren


The 25-year-old from Wouldham, Rochester, will next appear on December 1

The man accused of killing a University of Kent student in a shopping centre car park appeared in court today.

Molly McLaren, 23, was stabbed to death outside Dockside Shopping Centre in Chatham in June.

Joshua Stimpson, 25, and of High Street in Wouldham, Rochester, was charged with her murder the day after the attack and will next appear on December 1.

Hundreds of people attended the colourful funeral of Miss McLaren, from Cobham, at Gravesend Crematorium last month.

Friends and family have also set up a foundation to raise money and awareness of eating disorders, and have generated around £20,000 already.

Close friend Amy Lee told us: “We’re trying to make sure she gets remembered for all the right reasons and that we continue what she started.

“The foundation has got so much awareness for such a horrific reason and if we don’t channel that into something positive then it’s completely a waste.”

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