Man appears at court accused of murder after house fire

Police and firefighters were called out to Catherine Street, at Brampton, Chesterfield, after a house fire.

Police and firefighters were called out to Catherine Street, at Brampton, Chesterfield, after a house fire.

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A 35-year-old man has appeared at Chesterfield magistrates’ court charged with the murder of a 32-year-old woman after a house fire at her home in Chesterfield.

Gary Tyson, of Shirland Street, Chesterfield, is accused of allegedly murdering Gemma Stevens between March 2 and 3 and allegedly committing arson recklessly as to whether life would be endangered on March 3.

Mr Tyson is also accused of allegedly attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to Gemma Stevens on February 26.

Magistrates sent the case to Nottingham Crown Court where it will be further considered during a hearing tomorrow, Friday, March 11.

Mr Tyson was remanded in custody.

The body of Gemma Stevens, who is thought to have three children, was found at her home on Catherine Street, at Brampton, after firefighters were called out to the blazing property about 2am, on Thursday, March 3.

Anyone with information is urged to call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.