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Man charged with murder

A 51-year-old man has been committed for jury trial accused of murdering a man who died after a 'disturbance' at a house in Gloucester on Friday night.

Tobias Hayley, of Park End Road, Gloucester, made a brief appearance before Cheltenham Magistrates court today to face a charge of killing 48 year old James Abraham, who is understood to have lived at the same address.

Hayley said nothing other than to confirm his name and date of birth to the court clerk.

The prosecutor, May Li, said the charge can only be heard at crown court level and defence solicitor John Lynch made no submissions to the court.

In a hearing that lasted only about the minute, the case was sent to Bristol Crown court for trial and Hayley, who was remanded in custody, was told he will make his first appearance there on Wednesday this week. A timetable will then made set for the progression of the case.

Hayley's home is a multi occupancy address to which emergency services were called at 9.40pm on Friday after reports of a disturbance.

Mr Abraham was found severely injured at the premises and paramedics were unable to save his life. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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