A Grimoldby grandfather accused of killing his own nine-year-old grandson two days before Christmas Day will go on trial for murder.
Stewart James Greene is alleged to have murdered his grandson, nine-year-old Alex Robinson, on 23 December last year.
Greene confirmed his name when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court today (Friday April 24) but when the murder charge was put to him he failed to enter a plea.
Having declined to enter a plea Judge Michael Heath entered a formal plea of not guilty and adjourned the case for trial. The trial which is estimated to last three weeks will be heard before a High Court Judge on a date to be fixed.
Greene, who was wearing a black t-shirt and grey jogging bottoms, was remanded in to custody at the end of the 40 minute hearing.
A former engineering worker, Greene was arrested on December 23 after emergency services were called to the bay fronted terraced house in Pennell Street, Lincoln, where his grandson lived with his mother.
Alex was rushed to Lincoln County Hospital by ambulance but died shortly afterwards.
Mr Greene, who lived 25 miles away in the Lincolnshire village of Grimoldby, was taken away from the scene in handcuffs.
He was charged with murder on Christmas Eve after police received details of a post-mortem examination on Alex. Lincolnshire Police did not reveal the circumstances of how Alex died.