Man accused of murdering Tui travel agent admits "unlawful killing"

A man has admitted the "unlawful" killing of a Tui travel agent who was fatally injured at her workplace.

Andrew Burke, 30, was charged with murder in the death of 28-year-old mum-of-one Cassie Hayes.

Ms Hayes, an assistant manager, died after she was rushed to hospital from the Tui branch in Southport town centre in Merseyside on January 13.

A Home Office post-mortem examination had previously revealed she died from shock and haemorrhaging from a wound to her throat.

Burke did not enter a plea to the murder charge when he appeared in court on Monday, and his solicitor told a judge "he will accept responsibility for her homicide", the Liverpool Echo reports.

David McLachlan, QC, defending, told Liverpool Crown Court: “There will be no issue that she was unlawfully killed. He will accept responsibility for her homicide and the issue will be whether or not partial defence applies in the case.”

Burke, of Vincent Street, St Helens, had a shaved head and goatee beard, and wore a grey top as he appeared in court via video link.

He was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Judge David Aubrey told Mr McLachlan: “Your client admits the unlawful killing of the deceased. The court is obliged to give sufficient time and opportunity to ascertain whether there is a partial and I emphasise partial defence available to the defence and that can only be determined or otherwise by the completion of the relevant medical reports.”

Burke was remanded in custody and is due to return to court on April 9. A provisional trial date has been set for July 2.

Last week, the Tui branch where Ms Hayes was injured remained closed with floral tributes still outside.

Ms Hayes’ partner Laura Williams had earlier paid tribute to her, saying: “Cassie is my partner and words will not explain my sorrow and loss, she is the most amazing, gorgeous, selfless and strong person I know.

“She is my future wife and my forever.”

Following her death, Ms Hayes’ family released a statement reading: “Our whole lives have been shattered. This has torn our hearts from our bodies.

"Cassie was an amazing, kind human being who would do anything for anyone.

“She doted on all her family and our loss is beyond calculation."


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