Former detective denies murder charge

A former detective accused of killing his partner has denied murder.

Peter Foster, 36, of West Street, Haslemere has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Heather Cooper, 33, who served with Surrey Police – she was killed by a blow to the head and a stab wound to the throat in October last year.

Her body was found in Blackdown Woods near Lurgashall in the early hours of Monday, October 17.

Foster appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday morning to enter his plea - his trial will begin in Lewes on June 11.

Mother of two Heather Cooper had served as a detective constable in the Public Protection Investigation Unit based at Guildford police station. She was on maternity leave after giving birth to her second child, a daughter, a month before her death.

In 2009 she was given a commendation in recognition of her ‘professionalism, dedication and commitment.’