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Boyfriend, 51, appears in court charged with murdering mother-of-three ‘in a hammer attack’

A man has appeared in court today charged with murdering his partner, a mother of three, in an alleged hammer attack.

John Barry Garner, 51, from Penyffordd near Holywell, Flintshire, Wales appeared at North East Wales Magistrates’ Court this morning.

He is charged with murdering partner Teresa Garner, 46, at their home, on Wednesday.

John Barry Garner, 51, has been charged with the murder of his partner and mother-of-three Teresa Garner, 46, in a hammer attack at their home

He was remanded in custody and his case has been sent to the crown court. 

A post mortem examination revealed that Mrs Garner died of significant head injuries. 

Her body was discovered in the bathroom and she was found to have died from severe blunt force trauma said to be consistent with multiple hammer blows.

Though they share surnames, the couple never married.

Prosecutor Mairead Neeson asked for Garner to be kept in custody for his own protection.

A formal plea hearing will be held at Mold Crown Court on November 29 but a bail determination by a crown court judge is expected to take place early next week.

Defending solicitor Craig Hutchinson indicted that he would not make a bail application on the murder charge.

He added that his client understood the procedure and that he would be kept in custody.

The defendant – dressed in a grey police issue jogging suit – confirmed his personal details during the seven minute hearing.

He also told magistrates that he was not very well. He claimed he had difficulty walking and limped into the dock.

The defendant was arrested on Wednesday and then interviewed at Bodelwyddan police headquarters.

At a magistrates’ court hearing in chambers on Thursday evening, police officers were granted more time to question him.

Following further interviews, he was eventually charged yesterday evening.

A post mortem examination revealed that Mrs Garner died of significant head injuries.

Forensic investigators have been examining the home the family shared since the alarm was raised.

Officers were called to the address in Llys Dewi, on Wednesday morning, where the body was discovered in the bathroom.

Earlier, Detective Superintendent Iestyn Davies said: ‘Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Teresa Garner and we have specialist officers from the police and other organisations supporting them at this extremely difficult time.’  

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