Two on missing Nicola murder charge

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Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Two men will appear in court today accused of murdering a young mother who disappeared 23 years ago.

Nigel Barwell and Thomas O’Reilly, both 50 and from Coventry, were charged on Tuesday with killing Nicola Payne.

They are jointly accused of murdering the 18-year-old between December 13 and 16 1991.

The men, both in custody, appeared in the dock at Birmingham Magistrates Court for a brief hearing yesterday where the case was sent to the Crown Court.

Barwell, of Copperas Street, and O’Reilly, of Ribble Road, were first arrested in late 2013 in connection with Ms Payne’s disappearance and had been on conditional bail until they were formally charged by detectives from West Midlands Police this week.

Ms Payne has not been seen since disappearing in Coventry in December 1991 after leaving her boyfriend’s house to set off for her parents’ home.

She left behind a son, who was seven months old at the time.

Barwell and O’Reilly are due to appear before Judge James Burbidge QC at Birmingham Crown Court this morning.

Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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