Rebecca Louise Press: Female murder suspect, 31, will face trial next year over killing man, 57, in quiet village

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

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

A court heard she was charged with both murdering Mr Ash and assaulting another woman on the same day.

Rebecca Louise Press: Female murder suspect, 31, will face trial next year over killing man, 57, in quiet village

Press, who will go on trial at Cardiff Crown Court in January, denies murder and

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She was unable to attend the brief hearing on Tuesday due to transportation issues, but her barrister, John Hipkin KC, stated that her trial would proceed as planned.

Rebecca Louise Press: Female murder suspect, 31, will face trial next year over killing man, 57, in quiet village

Earlier this year, a barrister strike made it difficult for Press to find a barrister willing to accept her case.

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

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.’

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

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

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.’

source:nsemwokrom.com