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Man accused of murdering Bethany Fields refused to leave cell for hearing

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Bethany Fields, 21, who died after she was found injured in Fitzwilliam Street, in Huddersfield, on Thursday.
Bethany Fields, 21, who died after she was discovered injured in Fitzwilliam Street, in Huddersfield, on Thursday.

The suspected killer of a 21-year-old scholar who died in a Huddersfield avenue refused to present up to his first courtroom hearing.

Paul Crowther, 35, was due to seem at Leeds Crown Court from custody on Tuesday morning in relation to the loss of life of Bethany Fields.

Bethany, from Bramley in Leeds, was discovered significantly injured in Huddersfield Town Center at 6.12pm on Thursday (September 12) and died from her wounds.

Crowther has been charged with homicide and possession of a bladed article however has not but entered pleas.

Prosecutor Mark McKone advised the courtroom: ‘He [Crowther] has elected not to attend court today.’

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Bethany Fields; See SWNS story SWLEinvestigation; This is the first picture of a 21-year-old woman who was killed in what police have described as a 'domestic-related incident'. Bethany Fields was pronounced dead at the scene in Huddersfield, West Yorks., on Thursday, September 12. Eyewitnesses say the victim was stabbed, although police have not yet confirmed her cause of death. Detectives arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of murder close to where her body was found. Police said he is still in custody as officers continue to quiz him. The tragedy came just hours after it was revealed the number of domestic violence killings in the UK are at their highest in five years. Last year, 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides, according to data obtained by the BBC. West Yorkshire Police received reports a woman had been seriously injured in Huddersfield town centre shortly after 6pm on Thursday, September 12. Paramedics attended the scene but tragically Bethany, from Leeds, was pronounced dead. A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Police were called to Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield, at 6.12pm to reports of a woman having been seriously injured.
Bethany Fields was pronounced useless on the scene in Huddersfield on Thursday, September 12 (Picture: SWNS)

No software was made for bail throughout and Crowther was ordered to stay in custody till the subsequent hearing.

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A plea and trial preparation hearing was listed for October 31.

Any trial is predicted to final no less than 5 days and one was provisionally listed for March 2 subsequent 12 months.

Bethany’s family members have been within the public gallery throughout the transient hearing.

In a tribute launched after her loss of life, they described how the environmental geography scholar  had ‘a bright future ahead of her’ and was set to journey to Iceland and the Canary Islands as half of her research.

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Fitzwilliam Street in Huddersfield, West Yorks., where a forensics tent has been erected to examine the murder of a 21yo woman late last night (thurs), Friday 13 September 2019. See SWNS story SWLEinvestigation
Suspect Paul Crowther refused to leave his cell for a courtroom hearing at present (Picture: SWNS)

In an announcement launched through the police, they stated: ‘The life of Bethany, who was a ravishing, proficient, bold, clever, type, giving, and loving daughter, was tragically taken from her.

‘A daughter, who any parent would have been proud of, much loved and respected by all; family, friends, work colleagues and fellow students.’

They added: ‘She was musically gifted, beginning on a music mentoring course and progressively throughout the holidays working at a studio.

‘More recently, she worked with a charitable organisation for people with physical and learning difficulties. Through this, she brought much joy and pleasure into other people’s lives.

‘She will be sadly missed, but never forgotten, forever in our hearts and thoughts.’

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