Woman due in court today charged with murder of mum-of-three Kelly Franklin

A 48-year-old woman is due to appear in court today charged with the murder of Hartlepool mum-of-three Kelly Franklin.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, 7:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd October 2018, 11:23 am
Mum-of-three Kelly Franklin, 29, was found in Oxford Road, Hartlepool, on Friday, August 3. She is believed to have been stabbed.
Mum-of-three Kelly Franklin, 29, was found in Oxford Road, Hartlepool, on Friday, August 3. She is believed to have been stabbed.

Julie Wass, of Kipling Road, Hartlepool, has been charged with murder and will appear at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

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

Flowers left on the corner of Chaucer Avenue, off Oxford Road, in tribute to Kelly Franklin.

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A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "A 48-year-old woman has today been charged with murder in connection with the alleged murder of Kelly Franklin.

"The alleged incident occurred on Oxford Road in Hartlepool on Friday, August 3."

Cleveland Police said yesterday that they re-arrested the 48-year-old suspect, who had previously been questioned at the time of Kelly’s death.

Police on Oxford Road following the incident.

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.

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

“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.”

Kettlewell is due to stand trial on January 4 next year.

He is also charged with possession of a bladed article.

The case is expected to last a week and the court heard the central issue is likely to be one of diminished responsibility.