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Murder suspect Stephen Gibbs appears in the dock over death of Rodger Tett
MURDER suspect Stephen Anthony Gibbs has appeared in the dock charged with murdering Bournemouth man Rodger Tett.
The 33-year-old appeared from custody at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court to face the charge of murdering the 42-year-old at an address in Luckham Road in the town.
Gibbs appeared in the dock flanked by a guard and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and that he lived in Maxwell Road, which runs alongside Winton Recreation Ground in Bournemouth.
Prosecuting solicitor Louise Holmes said no application could be made for bail for a murder charge and that the hearing was simply being carried out for a date to be set for a first hearing at Winchester Crown Court, where Gibbs will appear on Friday.
Deputy District Judge William Tate said: “The charge you face can only be heard in crown court and therefore I send your case to the crown court at Winchester.
“You will be kept in custody.”
Police were called to the home of Mr Tett’s fiancée Kim Trevillion in Luckham Road, off Charminster Road, at 6.15pm on Saturday.
Mr Tett was treated at the scene for severe head injuries and was transferred to the air ambulance at Bournemouth Electric Sports and Social Club before being taken to the Neurology Unit at Southampton hospital, where he died on Monday evening.
Mr Tett, who has a 15-year-old son, was living at Miss Trevillion’s home and they were due to get married in May next year.
Friends and family have paid tribute to the former Winton Boys’ School and Sixth Form pupil, who had worked in the building trade.
He was described by his mother Judith Tett, 67 as “the life and soul of the party”, who “would do anything for anyone”.