Inquest opens into Joanne’s tragic death

Jo Harrison whose death is being treated as murder
Jo Harrison whose death is being treated as murder

AN INQUEST has opened into the tragedy surrounding a young Wigan mum whose death is being treated as murder.

Joanne Harrison was fatally injured in an incident on Sunday February 1 at the family home in Cameron Place, Worsley Hall.

Paramedics fought to save the 20-year-old in the back of the ambulance and further attempts were made to revive her at Wigan Infirmary but Joanne, the mother to a toddler son, lost her battle for life.

A post-mortem examination has since concluded that she died as the result of a single stab wound to her neck, allegedly with a pair of scissors.

Joanne’s partner Christopher Foley is charged with her murder.

Having been committed to crown court by Wigan and Leigh magistrates, the 23-year-old has since appeared before a Liverpool judge who remanded him in custody until his next appearance on May 1 when he is expected to plead.

Foley’s solicitor has already told Wigan justices that his client is planning to deny the charge. A trial date at Liverpool Crown Court has been set for July 13 and is expect to last five days.

Meanwhile tributes have continued to pour in for Joanne and a memorial page dedicated to her has easily passed the 1,000-like mark on Facebook with many leaving heartfelt messages. Friends also arranged a remembrance event last weekend with balloons and Chinese lanterns released from the Beacon Country Park in Up Holland.

Joanne is thought to have grown up and gone to school in Skelmersdale with friends choosing the location as a halfway point between her two hometowns.

A statement released through the police by her family read: “Joanne was a wonderful mum, a beautiful daughter, she was beautiful, chatty, loving, fun, very creative and the most caring young lady anyone could ever ask for. You are the sister who always loved me. You have a twinkle in your eyes and your smile would always brighten my day up.”

The inquest into Joanne’s death was opened at Bolton Coroner’s Court this week simply to register the basic details of her identification.

It was then adjourned indefinitely as the criminal investigation and court process continue.

Anyone with information about Joanne’s death is asked to ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.