Bodies in garden trial to open

William Wycherley's remains were found in his back garden.

William Wycherley's remains were found in his back garden.

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A woman and her husband are expected to go on trial today charged with murdering her parents who were found buried under their back garden.

The remains of William and Patricia Wycherley were recovered from the garden of their two-bedroom home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, last October by police following a tip-off.

Today their daughter Susan Edwards, 56, and her husband Christopher, 57, are due to go on trial at Nottingham Crown Court charged with their murder between May 1 and 5, 1998.

Yesterday Nottinghamshire Police released the first pictures of William Wycherley as a young man and prior to his death in the late 1990s. They said they had so far been unable to trace a picture of Mrs Wycherley.

The Edwards, of no fixed address, deny murder but have admitted burying her parents in the back garden of their semi-detached house in Blenheim Close in 1998.

At an earlier hearing at Nottingham Crown Court, the pair each pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder.

The couple admitted two charges of obstructing the coroner in the execution of his duty by burying the bodies in the garden of 2 Blenheim Close between May 2 and May 10, 1998. They also each admitted a charge of theft of a credit balance from a Halifax Bank account between May 4, 1998 and October 31, 2013.

The Wycherleys disappeared from their home in Blenheim Close in 1998.

Police launched a murder investigation after two sets of human remains were recovered from the back garden of their semi-detached house last October.

Post-mortem examinations showed both had been shot.

Nottinghamshire Police said DNA testing had formally identified the remains as those of Mr and Mrs Wycherley, who would have been 85 and 63 respectively at the time of their death and 101 and 80 if living today.

The Edwards were arrested at St Pancras International station in London on October 30 last year.

The trial is expected to last up to four weeks.

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