A woman accused of killing her boyfriend during street violence in Bridlington has been offered a charge of manslaughter by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Katie Rose, 30 is accused of the murder of Graham White, 39, in Sewerby Road, Bridlington, on August 27 2014 during a confrontation with others. However the Crown has also charged her with manslaughter and said it would accept it as an alternative charge.
Rose, of Trinity Road, Bridlington, appeared via video link from Newhall Prison dressed in a white and black adidas top at Hull Crown Court on Wednesday 24 June before judge Jeremy Richardson, QC. Rose is accused of arming herself with a knife and a knuckle duster which had blade on it and being involved in violence with others when she struck Mr White.
Rose appeared in a white top but complained: “It is warm in here mate.” She removed it to reveal a red adidas T-Shirt. She sat behind a table and was watched by three Humberside Police officers from the public gallery in court.
The couple had lived together at his mother’s address in Bridlington for a short time. Crown barrister Richard Wright, QC, told the court: “The crown has added an alternative count alleging manslaughter. The Crown has indicated in the last day or so that would be acceptable. Clearly in this case this is a sensitive decision which has to be considered with consultation.”
Defence barrister Simon Clegg said he had yet to have a consultation with Rose about the Crown offer and wanted time for that rather than rush the scheduled plea and case management hearing. Mr Clegg said: “I understand Kate Rose will admit violent disorder.The conference will will take place on July 10th or 13th. There is no secret to the fact she will plead guilty to violent disorder, but perhaps not today.”
Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, told Rose: “You are well represented. In the final analysis you make the decision. But please listen with care to the advice you are given. Let us hope we can make progress. If there is to be a trial it will be on July 20.”
The case was adjourned for a plea and case management hearing on July 14. The seven day trial will place at Hull Crown Court on 20 July.