A MAN has appeared in court accused of murder.

Luke Eva, 24, of Avondale Drive, Leigh, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court charged with the murder of Michael Haastrup, of Southend, this morning.

Mr Haastrup, 24, died in Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire on Thursday after he was stabbed in Braintree on Wednesday evening.

The new dad was stabbed in the chest following a disturbance at premises in Cressing Road at about 11pm.

Eva was remanded in custody and will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow.