Murder accused appears in court

Murder accused appears in court

A WOMAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of a man at a home in Gomersal.

Michelle Spencer, 47, was remanded into custody after her first appearance at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday afternoon following the death of David Butterfield.

The 43-year-old was found at a property on Shirley Terrace shortly after 6.30pm on Friday evening. Police later confirmed that Mr Butterfield had died as a result of a stab wound to the chest.

Paramedics and police officers treated him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Spencer, of Shirley Terrace, is accused of attacking Mr Butterfield.

Michelle Colborne QC, representing Spencer, said that no application for bail would be made.

Miss Colborne said the defence would maintain that the death was an accident.IMG_0006

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, set a pre-trial hearing date for February 15 and remanded Spencer in custody until that date.

He told her: “On that date we will fix a timetable for the service of papers and various actions to be done by the prosecution and defence and fix the date for trial.”

He said by then he would have consulted with the Presiding Judge for the North Eastern Circuit and would have trial dates available.

The house on Shirley Terrace was boarded up on Wednesday afternoon, and the police cordon that had been in place since last Friday was removed. Officers were also seen towing away a car from the premises.

A 26-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the investigation has since been released on bail.

The house on Shirley Terrace was boarded up on Wednesday afternoon, and the police cordon that had been in place since last Friday was removed. Officers were also seen towing away a car from the premises.

A 26-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the investigation has since been released on bail.

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