A man accused of murdering Bridlington landlady Bei Carter has pleaded not guilty at Hull Crown Court.
John Heald, 53, is charged with three offences of rape in South Yorkshire on July 13 2014 and the murder of Bei Carter of the Morayland Guest House in Bridlington on July 18.
Heald of Foljambe Road, Rotherham, made a 15-minute appearance before Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, the most senior judge at Hull Crown Court (on Friday November 8).
The charges were put to him by the court clerk as he was asked to stand.
He pleaded not guilty to three charges of rape on a named woman – not Mrs Carter. He also pleaded not guilty to murder of Bei Carter.
Crown barrister Graham Reeds set out the legal timetable he said the original indictment of 10 rape charges had been changed to three charges.
Grey-haired Heald wore a blue sweat shirt and blue trousers and was watched by one G4S security guards in the dock of court four during the hearing.
He left the talking to his barrister John Rider, QC.
A police officer from the Humberside Police major incident team was in court on the opposite side of the room to Heald.
Mrs Carter’s husband Terry was in court to hear the pleas.
Heald was arrested at Parkgate in Rotherham on Friday July 25.
Mrs Reeds said a trial date of January 27 had been set by the court for two weeks.
Judge Richardson, QC, ordered Heald to stand as he told him: “You have heard what has been said to day. Your defence statement has been placed before the court. You have pleaded not guilty to these matters. There is to be a trial. That will take place in January.”
Heald was remanded in custody and taken to cells below court and a waiting prison van.