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Man from Godwin Road, Cliftonville, appears at Maidstone Crown Court accused of murdering woman

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A man has appeared in court accused of murdering a woman after forensics were seen going into a property last week.

Police were called to Godwin Road, Cliftonville, shortly before 11am on Thursday.

Police at the scene in Godwin Road, Cliftonville
Police at the scene in Godwin Road, Cliftonville

Forensics teams were seen going into the home, with a heavy police presence in the road all day.

Abdelaziz El Msseyah, 57, of Godwin Road, was later charged with murder following an investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

He did not enter a plea at Maidstone Crown Court this afternoon to the charge of murdering 56-year-old Souad Bellaha.

The pair are understood to have been known to one another.

Judge David Griffith-Jones QC remanded El Msseyah in custody until the next hearing in March.

Defence lawyer Max Reeves told Maidstone Crown Court that a psychiatric report was now being sought.

El Msseyah will go on trial in September.

He only spoke to confirm his name during the 10-minute hearing.

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