11-year-old boy who died in Derbyshire town is named – as stepfather appears in court accused of his murder

A judge has ruled that an 11-year-old who died in Heanor can be named – as his stepfather stands accused of his murder.

Wednesday, 3rd August 2022, 1:46 pm

Mikey Harrison, 11, was found seriously injured on Thorpes Road in Heanor on June 18 – close to Shipley Country Park. He sadly died later that day in hospital.

Judge Nirmal Shant QC ruled on Tuesday, August 2 that Mikey could both be named – lifting reporting restrictions surrounding the case.

Mikey’s stepfather Michael Harrison, 41, appeared at Derby Crown Court that same day, charged with murder and one count of engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour.

Harrison, 41, will remain in custody until his trial.

Harrison, of no fixed abode, appeared via video link from HMP Nottingham, speaking only to confirm his name and that he was able to follow proceedings. He was not asked to enter any pleas during the hearing.

Harrison was remanded into custody until his provisional trial date – which was previously set for January 12 2023.