Man accused of murder appears in Court

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A LEIGH man accused of murdering his wife, whose body was found in a shallow grave in their back garden, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court.

Thomas Flanagan, 57, was expected to enter his plea to a charge of murdering Elaine Flanagan on July 25 this year but this was postponed until December 12.

The hearing was adjourned after Judge Mark Brown pointed out that it was not a straight forward case and expressed “astonishment” that Wigan CPS had not instructed leading counsel to prosecute.

The court heard that it was alleged that the victim’s body had been left in the couple’s home in Wigan Road, Leigh for two or three days and then placed in a shallow ditch and covered with some soil and foliage.

Jeremy Grout-Smith, prosecuting, said that the mechanism of 59-year-old Mrs Flanagan’s death cannot be identified.

Flanagan, who appeared via video link from Walton Prison was further remanded in custody.