Guilty plea over murder in woods

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The Independent Online

A man has admitted murdering a woman as she walked home from work through woods in Derbyshire.

David Simmonds, 21, of Heanor, pleaded guilty to murder at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

Jia Ashton, 25, went missing after leaving work at the chocolate maker Thornton's in Somercotes in March.

Her body was found by a mountain rescue search dog in nearby Sleetmoor Woods three days later.

Simmonds will be sentenced on 7 October.