Hartlepool Niramax boss Neil Elliott appears before a judge accused of Michael Phillips' murder

A prominent businessman accused of murder made his first appearance before a judge.

Monday, 17th June 2019, 15:17 pm
Updated Monday, 17th June 2019, 15:50 pm
The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court.

Neil Elliott, a director of waste management company Niramax in Hartlepool, is alleged to have been involved in the killing of 39-year-old Michael Phillips in the town's Rydal Street on June 10.

Prosecutor Jolyon Perks told Teesside Crown Court the police inquiry was still in its infancy, and a number of other people may also be charged.

No charges were put to Elliott, 44, of Briarfield Close, Hartlepool during the short preliminary hearing.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton adjourned the case until July 12.

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The judge remanded Elliott in custody.