Whitby murder accused appears in court and denies charges

A man charged with the murder of a 46-year-old man in Whitby has appeared in court.

Thursday, 14th November 2019, 4:39 pm

Michael John White, 40, of Coach Road, Sleights, appeared at Leeds Crown Court today (November 11) for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

He is charged with the murder of Kirk William Harland, 46, who was found with serious head injuries at the bottom of a staircase of a flat on the Esplanade, Whitby on September 29.

He was taken to hospital, where he remained in a critical condition before dying two weeks later.

Leeds Crown Court.

White pleaded not guilty to his murder and has been remanded in custody.

A date for trial has been set for March 30, 2020. The trial is expected to last five days.