Man pleads not guilty to murder

Steven Rourke (aka Lynch) whose death has sparked a murder inquiry

Steven Rourke (aka Lynch) whose death has sparked a murder inquiry

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THE man charged with the murder of Steven Rourke, whose body was found in a wheelie bin in Greater Manchester, has pleaded not guilty at Liverpool Crown Court.

The body of Mr Rourke, 26, was found by two men walking on land off Bickershaw Lane, Wigan, on March 25.

James Anthony Jepson, 25, of Bickershaw Lane, Wigan, pleaded not guilty to murder and was further remanded to face trial on September 3.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Rourke had been strangled.

Paying tribute to Mr Rourke, who was also known as Steven Lynch, his family said he was “a lovely young man who was always happy to help others”.