Luke Eva denies murdering Michael Haastrup at Braintree flat

Michael Haastrup Image copyright Essex police hand out
Image caption Michael Haastrup had recently become a father for the first time

A man has denied fatally stabbing a 24-year-old man at a flat in Essex.

Luke Eva, 24, of Avondale Road in Leigh-on-Sea is accused of killing Michael Haastrup, of Southend, at a flat in Cressing Road, Braintree in April.

Mr Haastrup, who died in hospital, had recently become a father.

Mr Eva pleaded not guilty to murder and having an offensive weapon at Chelmsford Crown Court. He will go on trial at the court in October.

He has been remanded in custody.

A 21-year-old woman from Braintree who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender faces no further action.

Image caption Mr Haastrup was attacked at a flat in Cressing Road, Braintree

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