A MAN accused of murder has denied killing a dad-of-two in Rochford and will stand trial.
Dominic Clark-Ellingford, who was 32-years-old, died at an address in Lesney Gardens, Rochford on November 25.
An inquest opening previously heard that Mr Clark-Ellingford died after being stabbed in the heart during the incident and was pronounced dead by a paramedic at the scene.
Yesterday, Perry Coulson, 38, of Lesney Gardens appeared at Basildon Crown Court where he entered a not guilty plea during a hearing.
Mr Coulson was arrested shortly after the incident and was charged with murder on November 27, just two days after Mr Clark-Ellingford's death.
In the days after his death, Mr Clark-Ellingford's family issued a heartfelt tribute to the dad-of-two.
In a tribute issued by Essex Police, his mother said: "Dominic was a much-loved son, brother, cousin, nephew, godson and father to his two children who he cherished. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for them and he loved the time they spent together going swimming, playing crazy golf and having fun.
“Dominic was a loving son to me, he was funny and kind to all that knew him. He had a real generous side to him as well.
“Dominic had a number of passions in his life which included watching & playing football and he was a keen Liverpool supporter. He enjoyed time at the gym with friends and had an interest in listening to music. Dominic had previously written a tribute song to a friend who passed away a few years ago, who he was very close to.
“He will be greatly missed by the entire family and anybody who was lucky enough to have known him throughout his life.
“Dominic’s sudden taking from us has left the family utterly devastated”
An inquest into his death opened on December 8 but was adjourned to be concluded following the completion of the police investigation.
The inquest opening heard the a forensic post mortem examination at Southend Hospital took place on November 27 and the provisional cause of death was recorded as a stab wound to the heart.