Scarborough man admits killing woman

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A Scarborough man has admitted to killing a woman who went missing from her home more than a decade ago.

A court heard 43-year-old Martin Bell, of St Leonard’s Crescent, has made “full and frank admissions” over the death of Gemma Simpson, who disappeared from Leeds in 2000.

Bell appeared at Leeds Crown Court today via a video link from Hull Prison after being charged with her murder last Friday.

Bell’s solicitor Ian Cook told the court: “There has been a full and frank admission to unlawful killing during the interviews.

The lawyer added: “The issue is likely to be diminished responsibility and, or, provocation.”

Bell is charged with murdering Gemma between May 4 2000 and June 3 2000 at flat 6, 137 Knaresborough Road, Harrogate.

No pleas were entered to the charge and no application was made for bail.

Mr Cook said psychiatric reports were still being awaited.

More to follow.