Man accused of Cliftonville murder to go on trial in November

Maidstone Crown Court

A 48-year-old man from Margate will stand trial in November accused of murdering a man in Cliftonville.

Trevor Brazier is alleged to have killed 38-year-old Kevin Tridgell.

Mr Tridgell was found with serious injuries at Brazier’s home in Northdown Road shortly before 6.30am on Saturday, June 2.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics but died in hospital.

Brazier was arrested and charged with murder, and appeared at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday (June 6) for a brief hearing.

No plea was entered to the offence and no details of how Mr Tridgell died were revealed.

But prosecutor Steven Perian QC told the court a post-mortem examination is due to be held  today (June 7).

Brazier appeared in court via TV link from HMP Elmley in Sheppey, Kent, and spoke only to confirm his name.

Judge Adele Williams said the case would be transferred to Canterbury Crown Court where a plea and trial preparation hearing would be held in the week commencing July 2.

Brazier’s trial was fixed to start on November 19, although Judge Williams said it may be transferred back to Maidstone to be heard on the same date if a ‘murder’ judge was not available at Canterbury.

She remanded Brazier in custody.

Due to previous contact by police at the address, the case has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct to investigate its handling.

Report by Julia Roberts


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