Man accused of murdering 11-year-old boy in Derbyshire appears in court via prison link

The man accused of murdering an 11-year-old boy near Shipley Country Park in Derbyshire appeared before a judge this morning.

Michael Harrison, 41, attended a hearing at Derby Crown Court in preparation for a trial via video link from HMP Nottingham.

Harrison, with grey hair and grey beard wearing a grey prison jumper answered “yes” to confirm his identity.

During the short hearing Judge Nirmal Shant QC said a reporting restriction banning identification of the young boy would remain in place for the time being.

Derby Crown Court

A plea and trial preparation hearing has been set for August 2.

Judge Shant told Harrison: “Mr Harrison, as far as you are concerned your next hearing is August 2 – in the meantime you are remanded in custody.”

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Harrison, who has also been charged with engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour, was arrested last week.

The arrest came after police were called out to reports that a boy had suffered injuries near Heanor’s Shipley Country Park on June 18.

The youngster sadly died later the same day.