|Man Denies Mortlake Murder Charge|
James Fiennes died after being stabbed with scissors
A man accused of murdering a man outside a Mortlake pub last April has pleaded not guilty.
Nicholas Hunter, aged 36, from Clapham appeared by video link at the Old Bailey today (16th January) to deny the two charges against him.
It is alleged that he murdered James Fiennes, aged 49, at the Tapestry pub on the Lower Richmond Road on 22nd April 2014. Mr. Fiennes, who was second cousin of the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, died after being stabbed with a pair of scissors. He was taken to St George's Hospital but died of his wounds in the early hours of the following morning. The accused was arrested at the scene.
Mr. Fiennes was married with two teenage children. As well as working as an IT consultant he imported soaps from Provence for sale in the UK and resided at a flat in Mortlake opposite the pub when he was doing business in London.
Mr. Hunter is also charge with threatening to kill Thomas Olsen on the same date. He has been remanded in custody and is due to face trial in March.