A 21-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to murdering a popular pub regular following an argument at a nightspot in Northampton.
Courtney Flannigan is accused of killing 49-year-old Paul Smith at the Edge of Town pub in Regent Street, on July 10, and inflicting grievous bodily harm on one of Mr Smith’s friends.
Facing the charges at Northampton Crown Court yesterday, Flannigan, of Pleydell Gardens, Far Cotton pleaded not guilty to both charges.
He spoke only to confirm his name in court.
Prosecuting, Christopher Donnellan QC said Mr Smith was known to have a heart condition and both the prosecution and defence said they would be calling expert medical witnesses to the trial.
Judge Rupert Mayo remanded Flannigan in custody until a further hearing next year. He set a provisional trial date for July 25, 2017.
He told Flannigan: “Some complicated legal arguments are to follow.”