Murder trial update

Laura Smith Murder trial latest
Laura Smith Murder trial latest
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THE man accused of murdering Scarborough mother Laura Smith was an obsessive and possessive character who has tried to “tiptoe away” from any responsibility over her death, a court heard yesterday.

Leeds Crown Court was told Nigel Pickard, 45, had attempted to emotionally blackmail 29-year-old Miss Smith over a supposed affair with another man and access to their seven-month-old daughter, before allegedly strangling her in an angry rage in July last year.

He denies murder.

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