Murder accused appear in court via video link

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Two men charged with murdering Burnley man Keith Passmore will be tried in Liverpool following a preliminary hearing.

Paul Howarth (47), of Clifton Road, and Gary Burley (44), of Herbert Street, appeared via prison video link at Preston Crown Court 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 were remanded in custody following their appearance before Judge Stuart Baker today.

Police were called to a flat in Clifton Road, off Padiham Road, at 6-30pm on Saturday where they discovered the body of Mr Passmore (60).

A post mortem examination established the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.