Paul Keene charged with murder of student in Bath
A 31-year-old Bath finance worker has appeared in court charged with the murder of his student girlfriend in Bath over the weekend.
Paul Keene, of Bennett Street, appeared at Bath Magistrates Court accused of murdering 28-year-old University of Bath PhD student Carmen Miron Buchacra, known as Gaby.
Keene, who works for Advance Investments Limited in Bath, spoke only to confirm his name and address and no details of the incident were read out.
Police were called to reports of a disturbance at a property in Bennett Street in the early hours of Sunday morning and found Ms Buchacra's body with the couple's baby crying nearby.
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A post mortem examination has confirmed Ms Buchacra's death was caused by strangulation
Miss Miron Buchacra was a fifth year research student studying for an Integrated PhD in postgenomic biosciences (regenerative medicine route) in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry.
Dr Richard Hooley, head of the department, paid tribute to her.
He said: “All of us who had the privilege of working and studying with Gaby are going to miss her very much indeed.
"She was an outstanding and gifted research student and a lively, engaging and caring young woman.”
A spokesman for the University of Bath added: “Everyone at the university is very saddened and shocked by the news of Gaby’s death.
"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time.
"We recognise this impact and are offering a range of support to students and staff who need our help."
Keene, was remanded in custody to appear before Bristol Crown Court on July 10.