An update on the case of Hartlepool funeral director Gerald Martin, who is charged with a string of alleged sex offences on young boys, was given in court yesterday.
Progress of the case was heard at Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where Martin, of Mason and Gerald Martin Funeral Directors, in Park Road, is due to stand trial.
The trial was due to take place in January of this year but developments prevented it from going ahead.
A new date has still to be set.
Martin, 65, faces nine allegations in total, including several charges of attempted serious sexual assaults and also of indecent assault.
They are alleged to have been committed against two boys.
Martin denied all of the allegations, which date back decades, when he made his first appearance at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court in July last year.
He was not required to attend yesterday’s brief hearing at the crown court.
It took place in front of The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC.
Little information about the case was heard due to leading barristers in the case being unavailable for the hearing.
Judge Bourne-Arton asked for an update to be brought back before him when more details were forthcoming.
Martin, of Valley Close, Hartlepool, is currently on unconditional bail.