Gorleston murder accused refuses to leave cell for court hearing

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Gorleston have released CCTV footage of her last known sighting. 

Detectives investigating the murder of Linda Hood (left) released CCTV footage of her last known sighting as part of the probe into her death earlier this year. - Credit: Norfolk Police

A man charged with the murder of a woman in Gorleston has refused to leave his cell to attend a court hearing.

Linda Hood, 68, was found dead inside her home in Cherwell Way, Gorleston, on Friday, June 11, after emergency services were called to a fire at the address at around 9.10am. 

Linda Hood with late husband Alan Hood.

Linda Hood with late husband Alan Hood. - Credit: Norfolk Constabulary

Paul Kelly-Bridle, 58, of Worcester Way, Gorleston, has since been charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

A property on Cherwell Way, Gorleston, has been taped off after police launched a murder probe.

A property on Cherwell Way, Gorleston, has been taped off after police launched a murder probe following the death of a woman. - Credit: Peter Walsh, Archant Norfolk

There was due to be a further case management hearing at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday (November 30).

But the court heard Kelly-Bridle, who had been meant to see a psychologist to discuss his fitness to plead in the case, "refused to leave his cell" to attend.

Danielle O'Donovan, defending Kelly-Bridle, said a psychologist had left home in the early hours of this morning to attend but Kelly-Bridle "didn't".

Police remain on scene following the discovery of a woman's body following a fire in Cherwell Way, Gorleston.

Police at the scene in Cherwell Way, Gorleston after the body of Linda Hood was found at a property. - Credit: Peter Walsh, Archant Norfolk

Judge Alice Robinson ordered the defence to provide an updated action plan as to "what went wrong today".  

A provisional date for a trial, which is expected to last three weeks, has provisionally been fixed for May 9 next year.