Murder accused picture released

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A WIGAN man will stand trial accused of killing his partner.

Christopher Foley has been at the centre of a murder probe since 20-year-old Joanne Harrison died from a single stab wound last weekend.

Christopher Foley

Christopher Foley

Foley, of Cameron Place, Worsley Hall, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via video link from HMP Walton on Thursday.

He did not apply for bail and was further remanded in custody until May 1 when he is expected to enter his plea to a charge of murder.

At an earlier hearing at Wigan Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, a lawyer for the 23-year-old indicated he would be issuing a not-guilty plea.

A date for trial, expected to last five days, was fixed to begin on July 13.

Meanwhile, the number of tributes for mum-of-one Joanne continue to rise.

A memorial page dedicated to Joanne Harrison has passed the 1,000 like mark on Facebook with dozens leaving heartfelt messages.

Friends of the 20-year-old have arranged a remembrance event this weekend with plans to release balloons and lanterns from the Beacon Country Park in Skelmersdale on Sunday.

Ms Harrison 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 post on the Rest in Paradise Joanne Harrison page said: “A few of her friends have decided to do this to say goodbye to a friend of ours and to many. RIP Princess.”

A video of her has also been added with the caption “How beautiful just hearing her voice.”

Detectives launched a murder probe after the mum-of-one died from a single stab wound to the neck caused by scissors following an alleged attack on Sunday.

Despite efforts by paramedics to save her, Ms Harrison died later at Wigan Infirmary.

Her family issued a statement describing their loved one as “beautiful and chatty”.

It 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


“You are the sister who always loved me. You have a twinkle in your eyes and your smile would always brighten my day up.”

A police cordon around a terraced property on Cameron Place has now been removed and a makeshift memorial with floral tributes has been created outside the front door.

One mourner posted online: “Still doesn’t seem real, just been to your house expecting all the lights to be on and you to come to the door in your dressing gown holding your precious baby


Colin Catchpole said: “RIP Jo love, miss you so much, thinking of your family and we know you’ll be watching down on them and your gorgeous little boy.”

Alexandria Bartle said: “This is how you’ll be remembered, the smiley bubbly happy girl you’ve always been. You brightened everyone’s day. Rest in paradise and sleep amongst the stars. You will never be forgotten.”