No 'life-changing injuries' for 'murder' husband

PUBLISHED: 12:08 22 July 2011

Magistrates' Court at St Georges

Magistrates' Court at St Georges

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A HUSBAND who is accused of murdering his wife no longer has the 'life-changing injuries' that police initially said he had.

Stephen Hotson stands accused of killing Julie Tottle at their home in Crookes Lane, Kewstoke, on July 5.

She died from head injuries after what police described as a ‘sustained attack’.

Hotson spent two weeks receiving treatment after reportedly falling or jumping from an upstairs window at the couple’s Royal Oak Cottage home on the same date.

Police said the 44-year-old, who was charged with murder this week, had ‘life changing injuries’, but when the Mercury saw him in court we questioned what these could be.

A police spokesman said: “Life-changing injuries could mean many things, and does not have to be something you can see visually.

“He no longer has life-changing injuries.”

Hotson is also accused of attempted arson with intent to endanger the life of Mrs Tottle’s brother Mark.

The case has been adjourned for a preliminary hearing at Bristol Crown Court on July 28, with a plea date pencilled in for October 27.

Hotson has been remanded in custody until then.

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