A MAN is to go on trial for the murder of a 26-year-old found stabbed to death in an Andover house.

Ben Harvey, of Ridges View, Little London, is accused of killing William Rudiak, of Chandler’s Ford, who was discovered at a home in Turin Court on Monday, June 11.

Emergency services rushed to the incident at 3.11am but Mr Rudiak, of Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesman for Hampshire police earlier confirmed that following a post-mortem examination Mr Rudiak had died from a single stab wound.

Mr Harvey also faces charges of aggravated burglary, and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Mr Harvey appeared before Judge Keith Cutler for a plea hearing at Winchester Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).

Accompanied by four guards, Mr Harvey entered pleas of not guilty to all three charges.

Hearing the pleas Mr Rudiak’s family, including his mum and dad, were sat in the public gallery.

Judge Cutler has set a date for the trial, expected to last seven days, to begin at the same court on January 14, 2019.

Mr Harvey was remanded back into custody following the hearing.