Accused denies murdering girlfriend and man hours apart in central London

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Clinton Ashmore and Sharon Pickles were killed in central London (Metropolitan Police/PA) (PA Media)
Clinton Ashmore and Sharon Pickles were killed in central London (Metropolitan Police/PA) (PA Media)

A man accused of cutting the throats of his girlfriend and an associate has pleaded not guilty to double murder.

Lee Peacock, 49, allegedly killed Sharon Pickles and Clinton Ashmore at separate addresses in central London, hours apart, last August.

Officers found the body of 45-year-old Ms Pickles at a property in Ashbridge Street at 9.30pm on August 19.

Concerns were raised for the welfare of those inside.

A few hours later, officers were called by paramedics to a property in Jerome Crescent, around half a mile away, where they found 59-year-old Mr Ashmore, who was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Peacock is later said to have self-harmed after being tracked by police to a houseboat on the Grand Union Canal, and was taken to hospital.

On Friday, he appeared before Judge Mark Lucraft QC at the Old Bailey by video-link from Thameside prison.

He pleaded not guilty to the murders of Ms Pickles and Mr Ashmore.

The judge set a trial of up to three weeks in January 2023 but said the case could be brought forward if a slot becomes available.

The case will be heard by High Court judge Mr Justice Murray.

Judge Lucraft set a further management hearing at the Old Bailey on April 21.

Peacock, of Harrow Road, west London, was remanded into custody.

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