Delia Hughes case: Murder accused pleads not guilty
An unemployed man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a great-grandmother found dead in her Southampton home.
Jamie Lee Boult appeared at Winchester Crown Court earlier in connection with the death of Delia Hughes on 18 August.
The 24-year-old, from Chessel Crescent, Bitterne, denied five other charges. He is expected to stand trial in June.
Mrs Hughes, 85, died from head injuries at her home in Atlantic Close, Ocean Village.
The retired Littlewoods supervisor moved to Southampton 17 years ago from Blackpool to be closer to her family.
Mr Boult is accused of carrying a lump hammer and stealing jewellery from Mrs Hughes during an aggravated burglary at her property.
He is also accused of two offences on the 14 August in connection with an alleged burglary at a property in Chessel Crescent.
Mr Boult is alleged to have stolen XBox games, a guitar, a set of spectacles, jewellery and a sports jacket, while carrying an axe.
He is due to reappear in court for another plea and directions hearing in March.