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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Millom man denies threatening to kill dad found dead

A 25-Year old Millom man has appeared in court charged with threatening to kill a young dad.

John Fretter, of Newton Terrace, Millom, pleaded not guilty to five charges when he appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He stands accused of two counts of threatening to kill, one count of harassment, one count of witness intimidation and one count of criminal damage against 26-year-old Michael Hewson.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between April 30 and May 9.

Mr Hewson, who worked at Kimberly-Clark in Barrow, was found dead at his home in School Terrace, Millom on Friday.

Mr John Appleby, prosecuting, told the court he had taken an overdose.

Fretter was remanded in custody and will appear at Preston Crown Court on August 1 for a plea and case management hearing.

Another man, Ian Robert Fullard, aged 52 from Lord Street, Millom, was also arrested in connection to events leading up to the death of Mr Hewson.

He was charged with assault and perverting the course of justice and will appear at Furness Magistrates’ court on Friday May 23.

Cumbria police said the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed of the incident.

Mr Hewson’s dad, Peter Hewson, said: “Michael was loved immensely by all his family, and will leave a huge hole in all our lives, but will live forever in our hearts. We appreciate all the messages that have been received, at our loss of Michael, and take great comfort from them.”

Mr Hewson grew up in Dalton and attended George Romney School and Dowdales School.

He had a one-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Mr Hewson, known to many as “Spud”, was engaged to his partner Sharon Miller, who he lived with.

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