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East Dulwich man Timothy Avril appears in court to deny murdering stab victim Gus Allman in Folkestone

By Paul Hooper

A man has appeared in court by prison video link today to deny murdering a man in Folkestone.

Timothy Avril, 22, had been remanded in custody to Elmey Prison after his arrest following the fatal stabbing of Gus Allman in February.

Now he has pleaded not guilty to murder and is expected to go on trial later this year.

Gus Allman died after being found stabbed in Folkestone

Four others - including Laura Smith, 37, of Warren Street, Folkestone - will appear at Canterbury Crown Court next week accused of perverting the course of justice.

Mr Allman, 20, of Knighton Park Road, in Sydenham, south east London, died in hospital.

Detectives believe he was injured in Dover Road before being moved to nearby Wood Avenue in a silver Audi A3.

He was treated by paramedics for a neck injury and taken to the William Harvey Hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

Avril, from East Dulwich, was ordered to remain in custody until the trial, which is expected to last a month.

The initial search was a complete waste of resources according to police. Picture: Ruth Cuerden

Smith was due to have appeared in person for the 10-minute hearing at Canterbury Crown Court today.

But Prosecutor Domin Benthall explained she had made an appearance at Maidstone Crown Court a few days ago and may not have been told about the new plea and case management hearing.

Judge Adele Williams issued a warrant for her arrest - but ruled it should be backed for bail after Smith is informed about next week's court date.

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