A MAN is standing trial charged with two counts of intimidating witnesses in connection with the Mark Denton murder case.
Harry Brogden is appearing before a jury at Teesside Crown Court over the separate allegations of intimidation against two women.
Popular former boxer Mark was murdered with an ice axe at a house party in Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool, on New Year’s Eve.
Brogden, 40, is accused of intimidating a witness by attending an address, on January 28.
He is also charged with a second offence of intimidating a witness, again by attending an address, which is alleged to have occurred between January 17 and January 27.
Brogden, of Howard Street, on the Headland, in Hartlepool, says he is not guilty of the offences.
The jury have been sworn in and the trial is expected to take two days.
David Sowerby, 23, of Allerton Close, Hartlepool, and Anthony Middleton, 21, of Bruntoft Avenue, Hartlpool, were found guilty of the murder of Mark Denton and given life sentences in June.
News of the much-loved 31-year-old’s death sent shock waves around the town.
His funeral was held at The Borough Hall, on the Headland, on Friday, January 24, with almost 1,000 mourners attending.
A horse-drawn hearse brought the coffin of the ex-sportsman to the venue, which hosted some magical nights in the ring for the talented boxer.
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