Bayonet murder suspect to undergo psychiatric assessment

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 0613-21-12AW

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 0613-21-12AW - Credit: Archant

THE case of a man charged with a murder in Sidmouth has been adjourned to allow more time for psychiatric reports.

Nicholas Jamieson, 41, of Old Fore Street, was not present at Exeter Crown Court where Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, adjourned proceedings in his absence.

He is currently on remand at Long Larton prison accused of the murder of Brian Kemp, a 71-year-old tourist who was in Devon on holiday from Nottingham in September when he was allegedly attacked with a bayonet.

Mr Michael Fitton, QC, prosecuting, and Mr Simon Laws, QC, defending, both told the judge that more time is needed for psychiatric assessments before the case can progress.

Judge Gilbert remanded Jamieson in custody and did not set a date for the next hearing.