May 24, 2021 11.12 am This story is over 14 months old

Man denies attempted murder in Skegness house fire

A trial date has been set

A man has denied attempting to murder a woman who sustained severe burns in a fire at a property in Skegness.

Leigh Pateman, 42, was charged with attempted murder after the woman in her 40s suffered life threatening injuries.

Pateman appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday morning where he entered a not guilty plea to a charge of attempting to murder Ellen Marshall.

The offence is alleged to have occurred on April 22 this year when firefighters and police were called to the blaze at a property in Firbeck Avenue, Skegness.

At the time of the fire Lincolnshire Police said the woman remained in a critical condition in hospital as a result of her injuries.

Pateman, of Firbeck Avenue, Skegness, will go on trial at Lincoln Crown Court on December 6 this year. His trial is expected to last seven days.

The hearing was told Miss Marshall is still in an “extremely poorly” condition. Pateman was remanded into custody to await his trial.

Judge Simon Hirst told him: “Your trial will go ahead on 6 December. You must provide a defence case statement, a document which sets out your defence.”