Oxfordshire decapitation murder case delayed again

Murdered Oxfordshire Golf Club worker Christopher Varian
Murdered Oxfordshire Golf Club worker Christopher Varian

THE trial of a hotel worker who decapitated a colleague at the Oxfordshire Golf Club has been delayed again as the defendant is deemed too ill to plead.

Jonathon Limani, 34, stands accused of murdering 32-year-old hotel manager Christopher Varian, who is pictured right, on Saturday August 21, 2010 at the county’s leading golf club just outside Thame.

This week Oxford Crown Court heard Limani is still too unwell to plead and the date of the trial was delayed for a second time.

Christopher Varian suffered horrific neck injuries and died before paramedics arrived at the scene.

The trial is now scheduled for November 3, by this point Limani should have undergone treatment to render him well enough to plead depending on a psychologist’s report.

Limani is expected to plead diminished responsibility which could lead to either a prison sentence or placement in a high security psychiatric hospital.

Limani lived and worked at the top notch golf course and hotel.

When the incident took place, a wedding party and golfers were evacuated from the site in Rycote Lane.

The Oxfordshire is one of the most prestigious clubs in the country, hosting the Benson and Hedges International Open until 1999.

The Thame Gazette will bring you the latest on this trial as it happens.