Woman, 53, denies helping murder accused

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A 53-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to assisting an offender in connection with the murder of a woman who was stabbed to death in Portsmouth.

Nadine Burden, 36, was found seriously injured at an address in Toronto Road on January 28.

She died at the scene and a post-mortem gave a cause of death as ‘stab wounds’.

Julie Palmer, of Portsmouth, who is charged with assisting an offender, appeared at Winchester Crown Court where she denied her involvement in the case.

Palmer, of Westminster Place, Portsmouth, appeared by videolink from HMP Bronzefield and was released on bail to live at an address in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

Victoria Arthur, 43, of Milton Road, Portsmouth, who is accused of Ms Burden’s murder also appeared by videolink but did not enter a plea to the charge. She was remanded in custody.

The case was adjourned until April 28.