Derby couple deny killing their baby on Christmas day 2020

A couple have appeared in court in Derby to deny killing their 10-month old son on Christmas Day.

Stephen Boden and Shannon Marsden both pleaded not guilty to murder at Derby Crown Court this morning, Friday, February 11.

A provisional trial date was set for November 1 and both defendants were remanded into custody by Judge Nirmal Shant QC, Honorary Recorder of Derby.

She said: “The court is not able to find a High Court judge (to try this) until then.”

Boden, 29 and Marsden, 21, have jointly been charged with the murder of their son Finley on December 25, 2020 at an address in Holland Road, Old Whittington, Chesterfield.

The pair, of Barrow Hill, Chesterfield, have also both been charged with assault, neglect or abandonment of their son between November 17 and Christmas Day, 2020.

And the couple, of Romford Way, have also both jointly been charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis and supplying cannabis between October 16, 2020 and February 13, 2021.


They both pleaded not guilty to those additional charges.

He appeared over a link into the hearing from HMP Nottingham and was dressed in a dark T-shirt.

With long black, straight hair, she appeared in person from custody into courtroom one and was wearing a black vest top and black jeans.

Mary Prior QC appeared over the link for the prosecution.

She said: “There are a number of experts instructed by all parties.”

Simon Kealey QC represented Boden and Andrew Vout QC represented Marsden.

Both defendants spoke only to confirm their names and no details of the alleged killing were revealed to the court.


The pair will next appear at Derby Crown Court on May 20.

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