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25-year-old man faces court next year after pleading not guilty to murder of ‘dearly loved’ father

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The 25-year-old will face court next year after pleading not guilty to the murder of ‘beloved’ father who was found at home with serious injuries

  • Father Adrian Ellingford, 44, was found dead in a home in Chelmsford in July
  • After his death, his family paid tribute to ‘beloved husband, father and son’
  • Marek Hecko, 25, has been charged with murder and will face court in February

A 25-year-old man is on trial after pleading not guilty to the murder of a ‘dearly beloved’ father in Chelmsford, Essex.

Marek Hecko, of Rookes Crescent, Chelmsford is charged with the July murder of 44-year-old Adrian Ellingford.

Mr Ellingford died at an address in Nelson Grove early in the morning of Monday 25th July.

Adrian Ellingford, who was 44 years old, died at an address in Nelson Grove in the early hours of Monday, July 25

Essex Police were called to the scene around 4:30 am after reports that a man had been seriously injured.

Emergency services rushed to the house but, despite their best efforts, Mr Ellingford was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

An investigation was then launched by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

After the death, police cordoned off the house with forensic teams investigating the house, yard and driveway.

Officers were there most of the day after Mr Ellingford’s discovery.

Hecko appeared before the Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday for a plea and pre-trial hearing.  He denied one count of murder

Hecko appeared before the Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday for a plea and pre-trial hearing. He denied one count of murder

The investigation led to the arrest of Hecko, who has since been charged with murder.

Shortly after his death, Mr Ellingford’s family paid tribute to their “beloved husband, father, son and brother.”

They said, ‘Our hearts are broken. Adrian is and will always be a beloved husband, father, son and brother.

He was taken from his family and friends way too soon. As we try to cope with our sudden and devastating loss, as a family we ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time.”

Hecko appeared before the Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday for a plea and pre-trial hearing. He denied a count of murder.

A trial date has been set for the same court on February 12, 2023.

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