Published on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 12:00 pm.

Serving Soldier Charged and Remanded over Murder of Natasha Wake in Bournemouth


Detectives investigating the death of a woman at an address in Bournemouth have charged a man with murder.

At around 2.40pm on Sunday 2 October 2016, officers attended an address in Harley Gardens and found that a woman had sustained serious injuries. Sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene.

She has been formally identified today, Tuesday 4 October 2016, as 26-year-old Natasha Wake. Her family is being kept updated by specially-trained officers.

A post-mortem examination held yesterday found that Natasha died from multiple stab wounds.

A murder investigation was launched and is being led by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

Police charged 26-year-old Jay Nava of Plymouth in Devon with murder. He has appeared before Bournemouth Magistrates’ this morning and been remanded into custody. Nava, who gave his address as the MoD, Royal Citadel, The Hoe, Plymouth, did not enter a plea and spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.
Nava, who wore a red t-shirt in court and had a large scar on the right-hand side of his neck, was remanded in custody and will appear before Winchester Crown Court at 10am tomorrow.
An Army spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that a serving soldier has appeared in Bournemouth Magistrates Court today charged with murder.

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Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, of the MCIT, said: “Following a fast moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of murder.

“Family liaison officers have updated Natasha’s family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“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.

“Detectives continue to work on this investigation and I would appeal to any witnesses who are yet to speak with officers, to contact Dorset Police. From early enquiries it has been established that the victim and arrested man were known to each other.

“There will continue to be a heightened police presence in the area while enquiries take place and our local policing team is there for residents, should they have any concerns.”

A cordon remains in place at the address while crime scene investigators examine the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 2:230. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via

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