A married Home Office worker accused of drugging his pregnant mistress to give her a miscarriage will face trial next year.

Darren Burke, 42, denied unlawfully supplying a poison to procure miscarriage and procuring miscarriage by poison.

He allegedly got hold the drug Mifepristone which is typically prescribed by doctors to bring about an abortion during pregnancy and gave it to Laura Slade.

Burke, deputy director of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme, appeared for a case management hearing at Isleworth Crown Court via video link.

"Albeit this is an extremely serious case, it is not one that will be either legally or factually particularly complex," said Judge Hannah Duncan.

Burke, of Follett Close, Windsor, Berkshire, denied drugging his victim to procure a miscarriage (

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The trial is estimated to last three days and will begin on 25 April 2022.

Burke was granted unconditional bail until then.

Burke, of Follett Close, Windsor, Berkshire, denied drugging his victim to procure a miscarriage.