Man accused of murdering Hartlepool chippy owner pleads not guilty

Angela Smeaton

Angela Smeaton

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.

The scene of an incdent at Eddleston Walk where the body of Angela Smeaton was found.
The scene of an incdent at Eddleston Walk where the body of Angela Smeaton was found.

“At the moment, obviously, you are remanded in custody.”

 

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