A MAN will stand trial over the murder of his partner who was stabbed to death.
Paul Smart, 49, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 50-year-old mum Angela Smeaton.
He appeared in court over a video link from Holme House Prison, in Stockton, where he is being held on remand.
A trial expected to last up to seven days will be heard at Teesside Crown Court starting on Tuesday, September 30.
Ms Smeaton, who owned a fish and chip shop in Owton Manor Lane, died on April 15, just hours after she attended the funeral of her brother Martin.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC told Smart, of Eddleston Walk, Hartlepool: “Your trial will now take place on September 30.
“At the moment, obviously, you are remanded in custody.”