10/02/2009

Officer In Court Over Model Death

A policewoman has appeared in court today charged in connection with allegations she helped her son in relation to charges linked to the murder of a teenage model.

Amy Leigh Barnes, 19, was stabbed at her home in Farnworth, Bolton, Greater Manchester, on 8 November.

Melda Wilks, 49, has been suspended from West Midlands Police after she was charged with assisting an offender.

Her son, Ricardo Morrison, 21, originally from Birmingham, appeared in court last year and is currently remanded in custody.

Ms Wilks was granted bail by Bolton Magistrates' Court until 20 February.

She is then due to appear alongside her son at Manchester Crown Court.

Miss Barnes, who modelled for Cosmopolitan and Nuts magazines and appeared in Channel 4 teen soap Hollyoaks, died in hospital last year after she was found stabbed at a house in Farnworth.

(JM/BMcC)

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