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Friday, March 26, 1999 Published at 16:53 GMT


Doctor denies 15 murder counts

Dr Harold Shipman denies murder

A GP accused of killing 15 women patients on Friday denied six of the charges.

Harold Shipman, 53, pleaded not guilty to the charges at a 10-minute hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

His pleas on Friday mean that he has now denied a total of 15 murder charges.

Shipman on Friday denied murdering Norah Nuttall, 65, on January 26, 1997; Laura Wagstaff, 81, on December 9, 1997; Maureen Ward, 57, on February 18, 1998; Pamela Hillier, 68, on February 9, 1998; Maria West, 81, on March 6, 1995; and Lizzie Adams, 77, on February 28, 1997.

At earlier hearings, Shipman denied murdering:

Ivy Lomas, 63
Marie Quinn, 67
Irene Turner, 67
Jean Lilley, 58
Muriel Grimshaw, 76
Kathleen Grundy, 81
Joan Melia, 73
Winifred Mellor, 73
Bianka Pomfret, 49.

The doctor, who ran a sole practice in Market Street, Hyde, was initially arrested after the body of former mayoress Mrs Grundy was exhumed from Hyde Chapel.

He has also denied forging Mrs Grundy's £300,000 will.

The judge, Mr Justice Forbes, set the trial for October 4, at Preston Crown Court.

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