Just in: Agent pleads not guilty to murdering pianist

John Martin has entered a not guilty plea at Manchester Crown Court to the charge of murdering the concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko, 38, in the early hours of August 30 last year.

Martin, 48, a double-bass player, had been living with Miss Strelchenko in Newton Heath, Manchester, and acting as her agent. He appeared in court under his real name, Jon Skogsbakken, a Norwegian national.

He was remanded in custody until the trial begins on February 23.

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