LATEST NEWS: Hartlepool murder suspect appears at crown court

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A HARTLEPOOL man has appeared before Teesside’s most senior judge accused of murder.

Graham Gibson, 47, appeared at Teesside Crown Court charged with the murder of town mum Christine Henderson, 50.

Gibson’s defence team asked for time to seek a psychiatric report on him and said he planned to deny the charge.

Police found the body of Miss Henderson, who was a mother of three and a grandmother, in the early hours of Monday at a house in Cherwell Terrace, Brambles Farm, Middlesbrough, and she had died from stab wounds.

Gibson, from Kent Avenue, Hartlepool, who wore a white T-shirt, did not speak during the eight-minute hearing and just nodded his head in reply to a timetable for the case given by the Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Peter Fox.

Gibson’s lawyer, Alex Bousfield, said that the defence would be seeking a psychiatric report quickly.

There was no application for bail.

Gibson was remanded in custody until August 22 when he will be formally asked to give a plea to the charge.

A potential date for his trial at Teesside Crown Court was fixed for October 15 after leading counsel and expert witnesses have been arranged.