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Woman appears before judge charged with murder of Hartlepool mum Kelly Franklin

Kelly Franklin
Kelly Franklin

A woman has appeared before a judge for the first time charged with the murder of Hartlepool mum of three Kelly Franklin.

Prosecutors are considering a joint murder trial for a man already remanded for the killing of the 29-year-old mum, and an older woman who appeared at Teesside Crown Court today.

Flowers at the scene.

Flowers at the scene.

Kelly 29, was found in Oxford Road, Hartlepool, on Friday, August 3. She is believed to have been stabbed.

Julie Wass, 48, appeared by videolink from Low Newton Prison facing a charge of murdering Miss Franklin who died following an incident on Oxford Road, Hartlepool, on August 3.

Torbjorn Kettlewell, 30, is already remanded to prison on the murder charge with a seven day trial arranged to start on January 14.

He is also charged with possession of a bladed article.

Police at the scene.

Police at the scene.

John Elvidge QC, the leader of her defence team, said that he had an appointment to see her at the prison on Wednesday next week.

Prosecutor Jamie Hill QC said that a psychiatric report on Kettlewell was due to be ready by the end of the month, and that a decision might follow on a joint trial for them.

Wass was remanded in custody until a date some time in November.

Ms Franklin died at the scene close to a children’s play area near Chaucer Avenue despite the efforts of passers-by who tried to save her life.

The Mail reported how Army veteran Gary Reid and others rushed to Kelly when they heard cries for help after the attack at around 9pm.

Her devastated family paid tribute to her as a ‘loving, caring, beautiful young mother’.

In a statement released in the days after her death they said: “Kelly Anne Franklin was such a loving, caring, beautiful young mother-of -three whose life has been tragically cut short.

“Kelly was always bursting with life, happiness and joy and you would not bump into her without seeing a beautiful smile on her face.

“She was loved by so many and always had time for others.

“Her three beautiful children were her most treasured things in her life and they are all in complete shock and horror that their mother’s life has been taken away from them and us so suddenly.”