Female murder suspect, 31, to face trial next year over killing ‘lovely’ man, 57, in quiet village

Female murder suspect, 31, will face trial next year over killing of ‘lovely’ man, 57, found dead in quiet village

  • Rebecca Louise Press is accused of murdering Richard Ash near New Tredegar
  • Gwent Police were called to an address in Elliots Town on July 17
  • Press, 31, denies murder and will stand trial at Cardiff Crown Court next year

A woman will stand trial next year over the alleged murder of a ‘lovely’ man found dead in a quiet village.

Rebecca Louise Press, 31, has denied killing Richard Ash, 57, at a property in Welsh former mining town New Tredegar.

A court heard she faced two charges, the murder of Mr Ash and an assault on another woman on the same day.

Press, who will stand trial at Cardiff Crown Court in January, denies murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Rebecca Louise Press, from Trecenydd, Caerphilly, is accused of murdering 57-year-old Richard Ash at a property in Elliots Town, near New Tredegar

Rebecca Louise Press, from Trecenydd, Caerphilly, is accused of murdering 57-year-old Richard Ash at a property in Elliots Town, near New Tredegar

Press, pictured, was remanded in custody and a trial date set for January 9 2023

Press, pictured, was remanded in custody and a trial date set for January 9 2023

The 31-year-old has denied charges of murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm

The 31-year-old has denied charges of murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm

She was not present during the brief hearing on Tuesday due to transport problems but her barrister, John Hipkin KC, said her trial could go ahead as planned.

Earlier this year an ongoing barrister strike had made it difficult for Press to find a  barrister willing to agree to take on her case.

Press of Trecenydd, Caerphilly was remanded in custody and a trial date set for January 9 2023.

At a previous hearing prosecutor Jason Howells said: ‘We consider this to be a two to three week trial. There’s a lot of statements and evidence to gather in the interim.’ 

Her solicitor had previously warned the court that they were having trouble instructing a barrister as there were none available in Cardiff willing to take the case

Her solicitor had previously warned the court that they were having trouble instructing a barrister as there were none available in Cardiff willing to take the case

Police said Mr Ash was found unresponsive when officers arrived in Elliots Town, New Tredegar, Gwent, at around 12.30am on July 17.

Despite the efforts of emergency services he was later pronounced dead.

In a tribute following his death, Mr Ash’s parents said: ‘Richard Marc was an introverted, lovely person. We were blessed to be his parents.

‘All those who knew Richard Marc have nothing but praise for the type of man he was.

‘He was a lovely person, and we will always remember him as such.’

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