Monday, 29 November 2021

Man charged with murdering travel agent appears in court


LIVERPOOL: The man charged with murdering Cassie Hayes has appeared in court.

Andrew Burke, 30, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday morning. Burke, of Vincent Street, St Helens, is accused of murdering 28-year-old Ms Hayes.

Ms Hayes – who is originally from Alnwick – was attacked inside the TUI travel agents, in Southport, while she was working there on Saturday, January 13. She was treated at the scene and taken to Southport Hospital, where she died.

Burke – wearing a grey t-shirt and black tracksuit bottoms – stood straight ahead as the charges were read to him, while Ms Hayes’ family sat crying in the public gallery, Liverpool Echo reports.

Burke has been charged with murder and possessing an offensive weapon. He spoke only to confirm his name and address.

He has been refused bail and will remain in custody, ahead of a trial set for Monday, July 2.

The judge, Clement Goldstone, QC, asked for a psychiatric report to be prepared. The next hearing will be on Monday, February 19, ahead of the trial in July.

A Home Office post-mortem examination showed Ms Hayes’ cause of death was shock and haemorrhaging as a result of the wound.

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