A man has denied the murder of a woman found dead in a North East property in the days leading up to Christmas.

Andrew Hall, who has been charged with the murder of 50-year-old Glenna Siviter, has also denied attempting to murder Craig Woodier following an incident at a separate location.

The woman’s body was found at an address on Grimwood Avenue in Middlesbrough on Friday, December 15.

Hall, of formerly of Thorntree Avenue, was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was seriously assaulted on Laycock Street, also in Middlesbrough, on the same day.

The Northern Echo: A cordon in place on Laycock Street, MiddlesbroughA cordon in place on Laycock Street, Middlesbrough (Image: TERRY BLACKBURN)

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The 45-year-old victim was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.

Judge Paul Watson KC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, remanded the accused in custody ahead of his expected trial on June 10 this year at Teesside Crown Court where he will face both charges.

Speaking at the time, a Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “Her family is being supported by specially trained officers and they have asked for privacy as they try to come to terms with her death.

“Our thoughts remain with Glenna’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”