Man de­nies mur­der­ing 73-year-old

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Blaze Horrors -

A man has de­nied mur­der­ing pen­sioner Roy Black­man in a bur­glary at his home in Bid­den­den.

Mark Love en­tered the plea at Maid­stone Crown Court on Mon­day and will now stand trial on Septem­ber 5.

The 37-year-old, of Frit­ten­den Road, Sta­ple­hurst, is ac­cused of killing Mr Black­man, who was 73, at his house in Head­corn Road be­tween March 18 and 22.

His body was found on Mon­day, March 21. He had been blud­geoned to death.

Love also de­nied ag­gra­vated bur­glary at a house in Ewhurst Lane, Nor­thiam, Rye, East Sus­sex, on Fe­bru­ary 21.

He is al­leged to have en­tered the home while armed with a ham­mer and taser and stolen cash, two shot­guns, 300 car­tridges, a credit card, four tro­phies, a watch, a Toy­ota Hilux car, a pair of binoc­u­lars, four pi­geon mag­nets, a quan­tity of pi­geon cra­dles and four jack­ets.

Pros­e­cu­tor Si­mon Tay­lor said the vic­tims of the “vi­o­lent bur­glary” will be on hol­i­day in Canada at the time of the trial but there was no is­sue over their po­lice state­ments. Love, who spoke only to be iden­ti­fied, was re­manded in cus­tody.

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