Man accused of murdering Haverfordwest seamstress makes first crown court appearance

A man accused of murdering a Llandysul woman who worked in Haverfordwest has made his first appearance before a crown court judge.

James Blair Hamilton, aged 59, appeared at Swansea crown court on Tuesday and spoke only to confirm his name with the words: “That is the name I was given.”

Hamilton, of High Street, Llandysul, is charged with murdering Patricia Durrant, aged 65.

Ms Durrant worked as a seamstress in Haverfordwest.

Her body was found on March 3.

Hamilton made a preliminary hearing before Judge Keith Thomas at Swansea Crown Court via video link with the city’s prison, where he is being held in custody.

He was not asked to enter a plea but on June 13 will attend a plea and case management hearing before a High Court judge, Mr Justice Wyn Williams.

Hamilton was further remanded in custody until then.

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