Essex

Man denies Basildon debt collector Tina Cantello murder

Tina Cantello Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Tina Cantello worked as a debt collector making door-to-door visits

A man has denied murdering a woman found stabbed to death after she failed to return home from work.

The body of Basildon debt collector Tina Cantello, 49, was found in a house in the town on 9 June, a day after she was reported missing.

Post-mortem tests found she died from multiple stab wounds to the chest.

Geoffrey Hutton, 38, of Langdon Hills in Basildon appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court earlier where he entered a not guilty plea.

Mr Hutton was remanded in custody to appear at the same court for trial on 5 November.

Image caption Tina Cantello's body was found at a property in Derby Close in Langdon Hills, Basildon

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