Two men appeared in court today in connection with the murder of a missing schoolgirl – with one charged with having sex with her corpse.
Teenager Paige Chivers was just 15 years old when she vanished from her home in Bispham, Blackpool, in August 2007 after a family row.
Since then, there have been no corroborated sightings of her and no contact with her family or friends and her body has never been found.
Robert Ewing, 59, was today charged with murder and intending to pervert the course of justice.
Gareth Dewhurst, 45, was charged with assisting an offender, intending to pervert the course of justice and sexual penetration of a corpse.
Both men, from Blackpool, later appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court.
The defence for both defendants told the court their clients would be denying all the charges against them.
They are due to appear at Preston crown court on Monday next week.