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Murder trial date set

PUBLISHED: 10:06 10 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:24 25 August 2010

A TRIAL date has been set for a man accused of murdering a father-of-two in the street.

A TRIAL date has been set for a man accused of murdering a father-of-two in the street.

Michael Bowden, 28, who allegedly stabbed to death 25-year-old Paul Martin in Greenwich South Street, Greenwich, will appear at the Old Bailey on April 6 next year.

Plumber Mr Martin was found slumped by St Alfege Church in the early hours of March 29.

He was taken to King's College Hospital, Camberwell, where he died from his wounds later that day.

Bowden, of Marden Square, Bermondsey, had previously denied murder and had been due to stand trial on December 8.

But, Judge Timothy Pontius QC agreed to vacate a trial date to allow more time for medical reports to be prepared. Bowden sat in the Old Bailey dock flanked by three prison guards for the short hearing. He spoke only to confirm his name. The case is expected to last up to three weeks. Mr Martin leaves behind two children Elle, two, and Tommy, one, and a girlfriend Jesca, 22. He lived in Blackheath with parents Stephen and Lydia, sister Faye and brother Tom. Bowden was remanded in custody.

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