New twist in Mark Denton murder case as man arrested for intimidating witnesses

Mark Denton
Mark Denton

A MAN has appeared in court charged with two counts of intimidating witnesses in connection with the Mark Denton murder case.

Harry Brogden was led into the dock at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court in custody over the separate allegations of intimidation against two women.

Popular former boxer Mark died after being attacked 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, a woman, by attending an address, on January 28.

He is also charged with a second offence of intimidating a witness, another woman, 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, entered not guilty pleas to the charges and was remanded in custody.

The case was sent to Teesside Crown Court, in Middlesbrough, where he will appear before a judge on Thursday, February 13.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “A man was charged with two counts of witness intimidation.

“He has appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.”

News of the much-loved 31-year-old’s death sent shock waves around the town and an online memorial facebook page has more than 4,900 members.

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.

David Sowerby, 23, of Allerton Close, Hartlepool, and Anthony Middleton, 21, of Bruntoft Avenue, Hartlpool, have been charged with Mark’s murder.

The pair, who have been remanded in custody, are next due in court on April 7, with a potential trial date being earmarked to start on June 2.