Man in court charged with murder of Alnwick woman
A 30-year-old man has appeared in court accused of murdering a travel agent, from Alnwick, at her workplace in Merseyside.
Cassie Hayes, 28, died in hospital from a wound to her throat inflicted on Saturday afternoon at the TUI branch in Southport town centre, where she was assistant manager.
Andrew Burke, of Vincent Street, St Helens, appeared before a domestic violence court at Liverpool this morning, charged with murder and possessing an offensive weapon - a black-handled knife - in a public place.
Burke, wearing a grey T-shirt and with facial hair and tattoos showing on his left arm, spoke to confirm his name, age and address.
Half-a-dozen members of Ms Hayes' family were in court for the short hearing.
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No bail application was made and Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC remanded Burke in custody until Monday, February 19, when he is expected to enter a plea. A provisional trial date was set for Monday, July 2.
A post-mortem examination yesterday showed Ms Hayes' cause of death was shock and haemorrhaging as a result of the wound.