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A MAN has denied he is responsible for the murder of Simon Warton, who died after being stabbed at a party.

Sean Bailey is accused of killing the 27-year-old after a row at Curlew Gardens, Wecock, Waterlooville.

Mr Warton was stabbed in nearby Dove Close in the early hours of April 12.

He was found injured after police were called to reports of a disturbance and taken to hospital where he later died.

Bailey, of Robin Gardens, Wecock, Waterlooville, is charged with the murder.

The 28-year-old was arrested two days after Mr Warton’s death at a flat in Southampton House, Broadmere Avenue, Leigh Park, on April 14. Bailey appeared at Winchester Crown Court today where he entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Warton, a father-of-one of Orsmond Close, Waterlooville, died of a stab wound.

The police inquiry has been led by the Hampshire Major Investigation Team.

Judge Guy Boney QC remanded Bailey in custody to appear back in court for a trial later this year.