25/10/2007

Two More Charged In Liverpool Torch Murder

Two more men have been charged with the murder of a Polish waitress in Liverpool who died after being set alight.

Monika Szmecht was set on fire and dumped in a lay-by in Blindfoot Lane, Rainford, on June 11.

She managed to crawl about 150 yards to a nearby house and raise the alarm - but had suffered 90% burns and died in hospital.

The 20-year-old victim had been living in Norris Green, Liverpool for just 13 months.

Philip Savin, 29, of Chester Avenue, Bootle, Merseyside and David Clarke, 45, of Walton Village, Liverpool, Merseyside appeared before St Helens Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning, Merseyside Police said.

Last month, Anthony Clarke, of Halsey Crescent, West Derby, Liverpool pleaded not guilty to her murder and his case was adjourned to December.

(BMcC)

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