Tributes paid to man stabbed to death in Burnley

MUCH-LOVED: Keith Passmore (60) (S)
MUCH-LOVED: Keith Passmore (60) (S)

The family of a man found stabbed to death in Burnley have paid tribute to a “much-loved” relative, who made friends wherever he went.

Keith Passmore (60) was found dead in a Clifton Road flat at 6-30pm on Saturday.

Burnley men Paul Howarth (47), of Clifton Road, and Gary Burley (44), of Herbert Street, have since been charged with his murder. Mr Burley has also been charged with making threats to kill.

Paying tribute, Mr Passmore’s family said: “This is a very sad and trying time for the family. Keith was a much-loved member of the family. He will be sadly missed not just by his family but very close friends that he had both in Padiham and Burnley and further afield. Wherever Keith went he made friends.

“May the family express a big thank you to the police for their support. It has helped the family enormously.

“Also we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have contacted the family and passing on condolences. It is very heartwarming to know there are so many people out there who care. Thank you.”

Mr Howarth and Mr Burley appeared at Preston Crown Court via video link yesterday, where their case was adjourned for a plea and case management hearing to take place on April 20th.

The next hearing will take place at Liverpool Crown Court and a trial is now scheduled to begin on July 13th, also at Liverpool. Both defendants have been remanded in custody.

A post mortem examination established Mr Passmore’s cause of death as multiple stab wounds.