Teenager pleads not guilty to murdering dementia lecturer with hammer and drill

A 17-year-old youth has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a university lecturer who was allegedly killed with a hammer, knife and electric drill.

Dr Barry Hounsome (pictured) died following an incident at his home in Southcroft Road, Gosport, Hampshire, on October 29.

The 54-year-old was an academic who had carried out research into dementia and Parkinson’s disease and had previously worked at Southampton and Bangor universities.

He lived at the property with his wife Natalia, who is originally from Russia and works at Brighton and Sussex Medical School as a senior lecturer in global health economics.

The teenage defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, entered his not guilty plea to the single charge of murder at Winchester Crown Court.

Judge Keith Cutler told him: “Your case will now be adjourned over until the trial date which is the 1st of May. You will go back into custody until that date.”

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