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Murder suspect given trial date

VICTIM: Jemma Loder
VICTIM: Jemma Loder

A MAN accused of murder and attempted murder following an alleged stabbing is to stand trial on September 26.

Christopher Douglas-Seath, of North Holmes Road, Canterbury, was due to enter pleas to the charges today but his lawyer Jonathan Higgs said they would only be “holding pleas” as full advice had not yet been given.

The 33-year-old computer technician is accused of murdering Jemma Loder, 24, who died from wounds in hospital after an incident at a flat above Goodfellas hair salon in Northgate, Canterbury, on December 18.

He is also accused of attempting to murder Sebastian Lee, 24, and 25-year-old Christopher Wintle, who also both suffered stab wounds.

Douglas-Seath was brought from Elmley Prison, Sheppey, for the brief appearance at Maidstone Crown Court.

He will return to court on May 27 when pleas will be entered. Judge Keith Simpson remanded Douglas-Seath in custody.

Miss Loder, who worked with people with learning difficulties for the MCCH Society, lived with her parents Bob and Jan Loder in Priest Avenue, Canterbury. The former Canterbury High School pupil was known locally as an amateur DJ.

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