Housemate accused of killing friend, 50, in his home

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A MAN has appeared in court accused of murdering an older man with whom he shared a house in Mexborough.

Neighbours have been stunned by the sudden death of Henry Mackellar, who was found strangled in his bedroom on Tuesday afternoon.

The 50-year-old had lived for less than a year in a rented terraced house in Belmont Street, and was said to have “kept himself to himself”.

Mr Mackellar shared the house with 26-year-old Craig Smith, who appeared before Doncaster magistrates yesterday charged with murder.

The pair were not related. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police confirmed Mr Mackellar had died from asphyxiation.

Officers were alerted to the tragedy at around 2pm on Tuesday by a witness who made the grim discovery in the bedroom.

Smith was arrested shortly afterwards and interviewed before being charged with murder late on Wednesday night.

Detectives and crime scene investigation officers spent most of the day at the house as part of a detailed investigation.

Most residents of Belmont Street told The Star they did not know Mr Mackellar very well because he had not lived there for long.

Lorry driver Graham Ingham, who lives next door, said: “I think he’d lived there only eight or nine months.

“Him and Craig moved in together but they kept themselves to themselves, they would just say ‘hello’ but we didn’t know them very well.

“They were just friends as far as I know. There was never any trouble that I was aware of.

“I was at work when the police arrived. I spoke to my wife on the phone and she said there’d been some drama next door and when I got back police were in the house.”

Smith, of Belmont Street, was remanded in custody by Doncaster magistrates yesterday and sent for trial at Sheffield Crown Court to appear on March 31.