Kayleigh Dunning: Accused killer denies murdering Portsmouth woman before Christmas

A MAN has pleaded not guilty to murder after a woman’s body was found at a home in Portsmouth the week before Christmas.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 10:12 am

Kayleigh Dunning, 32 from Portsmouth, was found dead in Kingston Crescent, North End, on December 17.

Mark Brandford, 48, of Kingston Crescent, North End, was charged with her murder by detectives days later, on Saturday, December 21.

Today, the accused killer appeared in front of a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court.

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Kayleigh Louise Dunning, 32, from Portsmouth, was found dead in Kingston Crescent on December 17. Photo: Hampshire police

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Wearing a grey jumper covered by a teal-coloured shirt and glasses, Brandford spoke only to confirm his name and address before pleading not guilty to murder.

During the 25-minute hearing, Brandford’s defence barrister, Stephen Harvey QC, and prosecutor Simon Jones agreed a time frame for the two-week trial, which will take place in Portsmouth on June 8.

Judge Timothy Mousley QC said Bradford would be remanded until his next court date on May 22.