Rotherham man John Heald pleads not guilty to landlady murder

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A Rotherham man has pleaded not guilty to murdering a guesthouse landlady in Bridlington.

John Heald, 53, appeared at Hull Crown Court on Friday in relation to the murder of Bei Carter at the Morayland Guest House in Bridlington in July.

Heald, of Foljambe Road, Rotherham, had originally also been charged with 10 counts of rape, but the court was told this had now been dropped to three offences.

He pleaded not guilty to the three charges of rape in South Yorkshire on July 13 and the July 18 murder during a 15-minute appearance before Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, the most senior judge at Hull Crown Court.

Mrs Carter, 49, who ran the Morayland Guest House on Marshall Avenue with her husband Terry, was found dead at the premises after suffering fatal injuries on Friday July 18 this year.

She died from a single stab wound to the chest.

Heald was arrested in Rotherham following a one-week manhunt.

He was remanded in custody following the court hearing.

His trial is set to take place next year and is due to last for several weeks.