Pair remanded over couple murders

The daughter and son-in-law of an elderly couple who disappeared 15 years ago have been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murders.
  • Remains found in a back garden in Mansfield are believed to be those of William and Patricia Wycherley
    Last updated: 02 November 2013, 12:10 GMT

    The daughter and son-in-law of an elderly couple who disappeared 15 years ago have been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murders.

    William and Patricia Wycherley, who police said would now be aged 100 and 79 respectively, disappeared from Mansfield in 1998.

    Police last month found remains buried in the back garden of a house in Blenheim Close in Forest Town, Mansfield. Formal identification has yet to be confirmed but they are believed to be those of Mr and Mrs Wycherley.

    They lived at the house in the 1990s and, according to neighbours, disappeared in 1998.

    Post-mortem examinations on the remains revealed that each person died as a result of being shot.

    The couple's daughter, Susan Patricia Edwards, 55, and her husband Christopher John Edwards, 57, were last night each charged with two counts of murder.

    The pair, of no fixed address, were arrested at St Pancras International railway station in London on Wednesday evening on suspicion of the murders, Nottinghamshire Police said.

    Appearing at Nottingham Magistrates' Court this morning for a brief hearing, Susan Edwards, wearing a black sweater and trousers, spoke only to confirm her name, age and address.

    Her husband, dressed in burgundy trousers, a black sweater and wearing glasses, also confirmed the same details from the dock.

    The court heard they are both jointly charged with the murders of Mr and Mrs Wycherley between May 1, 1998 and May 31 of the same year.

    No application for bail was made and both defendants were remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.

    Last updated: 02 November 2013, 12:10 GMT

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