Essex

Lawford stabbing death: Patrick Chandler denies murder

Barker Close, Lawford Image copyright Google
Image caption The victim, John Comer, 46, was found by officers at 05:15 GMT on 1 December in Barker Close, Lawford

A man has appeared in court and denied murder following a fatal stabbing in Essex at the end of last year.

John Comer, 46, was found with fatal injuries to his chest and stomach in Barker Close, Lawford, near Manningtree, on 1 December and later died in hospital.

Patrick Chandler, 44, of no fixed address, faces one count of murder.

He entered a not-guilty plea during a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court and will face trial in May.

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