Father of murdered children remanded on sex charges
Monday 07 June 2010
An alleged paedophile whose wife is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel appeared in court today.
Martin Smith, 45, was wearing a small bandage over his right ear after being attacked with a snooker cue by another inmate last week in Durham Prison.
He appeared at Carlisle Crown Court for a brief hearing, accused of a string of sex offences and failing to answer to bail.
No pleas were entered, there was no application for bail and Smith was further remanded into custody by Judge Paul Batty QC.
A provisional trial date was set for November 1.
His daughter, Rebecca, five, and son Daniel, 11 months, were found dead in the Hotel Miramar in the resort of Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava on May 18.
Their mother, Lianne Smith, 43, is being held by Spanish police on suspicion of murder.
She has appeared in court and admitted asphyxiating her children with a plastic bag, Spanish court officials said.
Smith, from North Shields, was one of Britain's most wanted men until he was arrested in Spain on May 7.
The family fled the UK in 2007 after he was first arrested over child sex allegations.
He allegedly jumped bail while facing charges of rape of a child under 16, gross indecency with a girl under 16, indecent assault of a girl under 16 and attempted rape of a girl under 16.
Smith, who has lived at various addresses in Carlisle, was stopped by the Spanish Civil Guard in Barcelona last month and checks alerted officers to his wanted status in the UK.
Mrs Smith was formerly a manager at Cumbria County Council's children's services department but did not work directly with children.
Smith will next appear back at the same court on July 27 for a case management hearing ahead of his trial.
Look beyond the usual shows for the best festive telly
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
Lee Rigby murder: How killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale became ultra-violent radicals
Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend
Paul Walker death caused by speed alone
Apollo Theatre collapse: Scores injured after ceiling collapses in London's West End
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend
- < Previous
- Next >