Pair charged with pensioner murder plead not guilty

John Gogarty was found stabbed to death at his home in Wombwell on Friday, July 167, 2015
John Gogarty was found stabbed to death at his home in Wombwell on Friday, July 167, 2015
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A man and woman charged with murdering 65-year-old Wombwell man John Gogarty have pleaded not guilty to killing him.

Ian Birley, 43, and Helen Nichols, 38, both of Mont Walk, Wombwell, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court this morning via video link.

They both indicated not guilty pleas to a charge of murdering Mr Gogarty, who was 65, on July 13 this year.

Mr Gogarty’s body was found at a house on Marsh Street, Wombwell, on Friday, July 17. A post-mortem examination found he had been stabbed.

A trial is now scheduled to take place in November at Sheffield Crown Court and is set to last for around two weeks.