Murder investigation: Man, 23, makes first court appearance

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A 23-year-old man appeared in court today after being charged with the murder of Nicola Cross in Hemel Hempstead.

Polish-born Marcin Porczynski, of Claymore, Hemel Hempstead, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court this morning (Thursday, September 17).

Mrs Cross, a 37-year-old mother-of-two, was found stabbed to death at her home in Dunlin Road, Hemel Hempstead, late on Monday night.

Porczynski was charged with her murder, as well entering as a trespasser a dwelling with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm on a person.

He also faces two charges of unlawfully and by force or fraud taking or carrying away a person against their will.

Porczynski, who the court was told had been in the country for about a year, was not required to enter a plea to the charges.

He will next appear before St Albans Crown Court tomorrow (Friday, September 18) and was remanded into custody.