Man appears before crown court over Leeds canal towpath murder charge

Michaela Heaton.
Michaela Heaton.
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A MAN accused of murdering a 38-year-old woman who was found dead on a canal towpath in Leeds has made his first crown court appearance.

Kevin Whyment appeared before Leeds Crown Court yesterday over the death of Michaela Heaton.

Ms Heaton was found with head injuries on the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath, off Canal Road, Armley, on Thursday July 17 at around 4.30pm

She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but was pronounced dead a short time afterwards.

Whyment, 53, of Landseer Drive, Bramley, Leeds, was arrested at the scene.

No pleas were entered in relation to the murder charge during the brief hearing.

Whyment’s barrister, Richard Wright, QC, said there were concerns over his client’s health

There was no application for bail.

Whyment was told he will have to remain in custody until the next hearing.

He will be brought back to the court on September 30 for a plea and case management hearing.

A provisional trial date was set for December 15 this year.