Rui Li murder investigation - men charged

UPDATED 5 June 2014 10:48

The three women from Bournemouth, aged 25, 28 and 65 who were arrested on Tuesday 3 June 2014, have been released on police bail until mid-July pending further enquiries.


UPDATED 4 June 2014 12:59

We are still appealing for information as detailed in our previous releases. In addition we would like to speak to anybody who knows or has had contact with Rui Li’s stepson, Jonathon Legris, between 20 May and 30 May 2014. All calls will be taken in confidence and we can be contacted on Dorset Police 101.


UPDATED 3 June 2014 19:30

Three further arrests in connection with Rui Li’s murder

Today three woman – 25, 28 and 65 years old respectively and all from Bournemouth – were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are helping officers with their enquiries.


UPDATED 1 June 2014 21:23

A second man has now been charged in connection with Rui Li’s murder.

Rui Li’s stepson, 26-year-old Jonathan Legris of Bournemouth, has been charged with assisting an offender. This followed consultation with Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor John Montague of the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge in relation to the death of Rui Li.

He has been bailed and will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates Court on 17 June 2014.


Detectives investigating the suspicious death of a woman in the Bournemouth area have charged a man with her murder.

Rui Li, a 44-year-old nurse at Poole Hospital, was discovered dead in the boot of a silver Fiat Punto parked on Verwood Crescent in Bournemouth on Friday 30 May 2014.

Today, Saturday 31 May 2014, Rui’s husband, 60-year-old Pierre Legris, was charged with her murder.

He will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates Court on Monday 2 June 2014.

Rui Li was reported missing on Tuesday 27 May 2014 and was last seen leaving Poole Hospital at 6.17pm on Friday 23 May 2014 after finishing her work for the day.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and the inquest will be opened in due course.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following extensive enquiries, we have consulted with John Montague at the Crown Prosecution Service who has authorised the charge of murder at 10.38pm tonight.

“Family Liaison Officers have updated Rui’s daughter with these developments – clearly, this is a very difficult time for her as she tries to come to terms with the loss of her mother.

“I would urge members of the media to show consideration and respect her privacy.

“It is also important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.

“This latest development does not mean we do not want to hear from members of the public if they have any information that could help with the investigation into Rui Li’s death.

“We still very much want to hear from anyone who may have any information about what happened to Rui Li.

“In particular we would 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 2014 to contact police.” 

The arrested 26-year-old man, from Bournemouth, remains in custody, with detectives having been granted additional time to question him.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting Operation Timekeeper or incident log 258 of 28 May or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 31 May 2014

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