Man denies murder and kidnap of Colburn woman

Natalie Harker.

A man has denied the murder and kidnap of Colburn woman Natalie Harker.

Andrew Lee Pearson, 44, appeared at Teesside Crown Court via videolink today when he pleaded not guilty to both charges against him.

The accused, of Chestnut Court, Catterick Garrison, was remanded in custody the hearing.

He will be back at the court for trial on February 17.

He is accused of the murder and kidnap of 30-year-old Ms Harker, whose body was found in a wooded area in Brough with St Giles on October 9.

It is alleged that Mr Pearson killed Ms Harker at Foss Way, Catterick Garrison, on that date.