A man has denied murdering a 38-year-old woman who was found injured on a canal towpath in Leeds.
Kevin James Whyment, 54, pleaded not guilty at Leeds Crown Court today to the murder of Michaela Heaton on July 17.
She was found with head injuries on the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath off Canal Road, Armley and pronounced dead in hospital.
Whyment of Landseer Drive, Bramley, Leeds appeared over a video link from HMP Doncaster for the 12 minute hearing.
Richard Wright QC representing him was given 28 days to submit a defence statement on his behalf.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC remanded Whyment in custody until his trial which is fixed for December 15 and estimated to last five days.
He told him Mr Wright would spend time with him to complete that statement.
“Everything seems to be in hand and will be ready so that your trial can proceed on December 15. Obviously you will be remanded in custody until then.”