Opening day of Lindsay Birbeck murder trial
Today marks the opening day in the trial of the murder of Burnley teaching assistant Lindsay Birbeck.
Family, friends and press have already gathered at Preston Crown Court where a 17 year old boy will face charges of murdering the 47 year old mother-of-two.
Following a huge public search that lasted several days, Lindsay's body was found in Accrington Cemetery on August 24th last year. She had been missing since August 12th.
A post-mortem examination showed she died as a result of compression of the neck.
On August 31st detectives charged the then 16-year-old boy, from Accrington, with her murder.
Mr David McLachlan QC will prosecute the case while Mr Mark Fenhalls QC will defend.