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4 January 2016, 18:18
A 26 year-old man from Wellingborough, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of hairdresser Ashley Gillard last June.
Ashley, 31, was found by fire fighters in his third floor flat in Wolverton, Milton Keynes after a fire had broken out.
Today, Thomas White appeared via a video link from HMP Bullingdon, where he is being held on remand, before Judge Richard Foster sitting at Luton Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing.
It was the first time Mr White, of Bibury Close, Wellingborough, Northants., had been required to enter pleas to the eleven charges he faces.
He pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Gillard between June 5 and June 9 last year.
He further denied three offences of theft, two of taking a conveyance without authority, two offences of arson, fraud and possessing a controlled drug of Class B and possessing a controlled drug of Class C.
Judge Foster was told that the trial of Mr White is to go ahead in April and is expected to last between two and three weeks.
Mr White will remain in custody until his trial begins.