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Cassie Hayes murder accused accepts killing the young mum

Andrew Burke yet to enter plea and psychiatrists will evaluate if he has a partial defence of diminished responsibility

Cassie Hayes murder accused accepts killing the young mum

A man accused of the murder of mum and travel agent Cassie Hayes today accepted killing her unlawfully.

But Andrew Burke is yet to enter any formal plea and psychiatrists will now evaluate whether he has a partial defence of diminished responsibility.

The 30-year-old appeared at Liverpool Crown Court this morning charged with murdering Ms Hayes at TUI travel agents in Southport .

Emergency services were called to the Chapel Street shop amid concerns for Ms Burke’s safety on Saturday, January 13 this year.

The 28-year-old, who was working in the travel agents, was later taken to hospital where she died.

A Home Office post-mortem examination revealed the mum-of-one died from shock and haemorrhaging from a wound to her throat.

 
Andrew Burke, of Vincent Street, St Helens,

Burke, of Vincent Street, St Helens, with a shaved head and black goatee beard, appeared on video link from HMP Liverpool.

David McLachlan, QC, defending, said Burke had been seen by his solicitors on four occasions and they were making “considerable progress”.

He said: “There will be no issue that she was unlawfully killed.

“He will accept responsibility for her homicide and the issue will be whether or not partial defence applies in the case.”

Mr McLachlan said they had instructed a consultant psychiatrist, who had met with Burke once already, but required a second interview.

He requested that Judge David Aubrey, QC, direct this psychiatric report be served by March 30, ahead of a further hearing on April 9.

 
Cassie Hayes hearse and procession arriving
 
 

Mr McLachlan said if the report did not give support for a partial defence, then Mr Burke would be spoke to again and “appropriate advice” given.

Judge Aubrey said: “Your client admits the unlawful killing of the deceased.

“The court is obliged to give sufficient time and opportunity to ascertain whether there is a partial – and I emphasise partial – defence available.

“That can only be determined or otherwise by the completion of the relevant medical reports.”

Judge Aubrey adjourned the case until April 9 and remanded Burke in custody.

The death of Ms Hayes, who had a young daughter and was originally from the North East, sparked an outpouring of tributes.

Floral bouquets were left at the scene and thousands of pounds have been raised in her memory.

Her partner, Laura Williams, previously said: “Cassie is my partner and words will not explain my sorrow and loss.

“She is the most amazing, gorgeous, selfless and strong person I know. She is my future wife and my forever.”

A statement released on behalf of her family added: “Our whole lives have been shattered.

“This has torn our hearts from our bodies. Cassie was an amazing, kind human being who would do anything for anyone.

“She doted on all her family and our loss is beyond calculation. We ask that our family be left to grieve in private.”

Cassie Hayes murder accused accepts killing the young mum

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