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.

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


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