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Stabbing suspect denies murder

VICTIM: Jemma Loder was killed in December
VICTIM: Jemma Loder was killed in December

A MAN has denied murder and attempted murder following an alleged stabbing in December.

Computer technician Christopher Douglas-Seath entered the pleas at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday and will now stand trial on September 26.

The 33-year-old, of North Holmes Road, Canterbury, is accused of murdering Jemma Loder, 24, who died from knife wounds in Kent and Canterbury 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 both suffered stab wounds.

Wearing a grey suit, bespectacled Douglas-Seath was brought from Elmley Prison, Sheppey, for the brief appearance.

Jonathan Higgs, defending, said he was not yet in a position to indicate what the issues in the case were.

Douglas-Seath will return to court on July 22. Judge Andrew Patience, QC, remanded him in custody. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

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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