Gainsborough woman accused of murder remanded in custody after crown court appearance

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A 51-year-old woman accused of murder was this afternoon remanded in custody following a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court.

Pamela Mclaggan is charged with the murder of 44-year-old Jonathan Baines on Monday.

The body of Mr Baines, known to his friends as Willy, was found at a semi detached house in Ropery Road, Gainsborough, during the early hours of August 1. Police said he had suffered a stab wound injury.

Lincolnshire Police charged Mclaggan, of Greystones Road, Gainsborough, with the murder of Mr Baines, of Ropery Road, Gainsborough, on Tuesday evening. A male who was also arrested was released without charge.

Mclaggan appeared in a glass panelled dock flanked by two security officers and wearing a white top, blue shirt and blue jeans.

She spoke only to confirm her name during the two minute hearing. No members of the public were in court this afternoon following incidents during a hearing earlier today at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court.

There was no application for bail this afternoon and Mclaggan was remanded in custody by Judge Michael Heath to appear back at crown court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on 12 September. A provisional trial date was set for 23 January.

Following the discovery of Mr Baines’ body police appealed for any witnesses who had seen him drinking in Gainsborough following his return from Market Rasen races on Sunday afternoon.

Detective Inspector Jim Hodgson, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “We would like to thank the local residents who assisted our appeal, your information was extremely valuable and has helped us to resolve this investigation quickly.

“This was an isolated incident and we are continuing to support the family of Jonathan.”