A MAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of his partner who was stabbed to death.
Paul Alan Smart, 49, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court yesterday when he was charged with the murder of 50-year-old mum Angela Smeaton.
Police have now revealed the fish and chip shop owner died after suffering a fatal wound to her left arm in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Officers and detectives were still at the scene of the death, in Eddleston Walk, throughout the day yesterday where a number of touching messages of tribute have been left by Angela’s devastated family and friends.
Smart, who lived with Angela, didn’t enter a plea yesterday but was due to appear at Teesside Crown Court this morning for a bail hearing.
District Judge Martin Walker told him: “By law this court cannot entertain any bail applications.
“You will remain in custody. You will be produced at Teesside Crown Court for a hearing.
“You are entitled to make a bail application if so advised.”
Angela, a mum of Anthony, is said to have lived in the same area all of her life and owned Ange’s Chippy, in Owton Manor Lane.
She was found with serious injuries in the early hours of Tuesday and police revealed she was later pronounced dead at the scene, just hours after she faced the devastation of the funeral of her brother, Martin, who sadly lost his battle with cancer.
Neighbours expressed their shock and heartbreak when they discovered the grim news of Angela’s death, and flowers were left at the scene carrying touching tribute messages.
One read: “Dearest Ange, shocked dumbfounded but most of all devastated we won’t see you again. In the words of your idol ‘we’re loving angels instead’. Lots of love being sent to your family. Aileen and Sam.”
Another read: “Gone far to soon. Heaven has gained a angel. Sleep tight Angie. RIP. Love Tracie and kids xxxx.”
Neighbours described Angela as “kind and lovely woman who would never complain about anything”.
Angela is a former student of Brierton School and previously worked at a fish and chip shop in the Brierton Lane area of Hartlepool.
A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday to determine the cause of the death.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman told the Mail: “A post mortem which was carried out revealed Angela died due to the wound to her left arm.”