A MAN is due to go on trial next year accused of the murder of a woman whose body was found in a wood.

Andrew Lee Pearson is alleged to have killed and imprisoned Natalie Harker, 30, of Colburn, near Richmond, on October 9.

Her body was found in a wood in Brough with St Giles, near Catterick, the same day.

Pearson, who wore a grey top and glasses, appeared at Teesside Crown Court via video-link where he remained impassive throughout the short hearing.

The 44-year-old, of Chestnut Grove, Catterick Garrison, is due to appear before the same court next month for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

A provisional two-week trial has been set for February next year.