Man charged with attempted murder of Denbigh mum-of-two appears in crown court

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A 27-year-old Denbigh man has appeared before Mold Crown Court accused of attempted murder and wounding with intent in the town’s High Street at the weekend.

Defendant Jason Cooper, of St Hilary’s Terrace, was told by Judge Rhys Rowlands that the case would be adjourned for a plea hearing on September 19.

A provisional trial date was fixed in February of next year.

Cooper, who appeared by live television link from Altcourse Prison In Liverpool, made no application for bail.

He originally appeared at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with attempting to murder Laura Jayne Stuart and wounding David Roberts with intent to cause him GBH.

The court was told that Miss Stuart, 33, a mother of two, had since died.

Prosecuting Barrister Anna Pope told the court: “You may be aware that the victim of the attempted murder has since died.”

The investigation was on-going and was in its early stages.

“Certainly the likely outcome is that the defendant will be charged with murder.”

The judge said that it would follow “as night follows day” that it would be a murder charge.

Defending barrister Simon Killeen urged the court to fix a trial date on the basis that it would be a murder case.

The judge further remanded the defendant in custody pending a plea hearing on September 19.

That date may have to change, the judge said.

A provisional trial date was fixed for the week beginning February 19. It is expected to last ten days.

Laura Stuart’s family issued a tribute through their Police Family Liaison Officers.

They said: “As a family, we are devastated at the loss of our beautiful daughter, sister, auntie and above all mother to two wonderful children.

“She was a devoted family member and took great pride working as a support worker with vulnerable adults.

“She will be greatly missed by all that had the fortune to know her.”

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