The woman, a single mother, had apparently traveled to the UK to secure a better future for her daughter. "She wanted her daughter to have a good education," her friend explained
24-year-old Charles Byrne admitted to killing Christina Rowe, a 28-year-old model, whose body was found in the River Severn but denied murdering her. Byrne, who appeared at Warwick Crown Court via video-link on Tuesday, also denied the attempted murder of another person on the same date, reported Mirror UK.
According to reports, West Mercia Police were forced to close Worcester's Diglis footbridge after Rowe's body was discovered in the south of the city on February 10. Byrne from Worcester spoke only to enter pleas to the charges of murder and attempted murder. "I plead not guilty, but guilty to manslaughter," he apparently said. Judge James Burbidge adjourned the case for trial and said there would be an investigation done to evaluate Byrne's mental state. He is now due to stand trial at Worcester Crown Court, reported Mirror.
Rowe, a model, was originally from the city of Angelese in Philippines and lived in Cheviot Close in Worcester. Her friend, George Devereux told Mirror that she had come to the UK three years ago. "I think she came over (to Britain) for her daughter as the Philippines is quite poor. She moved away from all her friends to this strange little city. She wanted her daughter to have a good education," he said before explaining that Christina had a British passport as her dad is from the UK. He added that the mother was very talented and she loved 'cooking, nature, literature, poetry, art and philosophy, although her main focus was her daughter.' "She was a very caring and loving mum. She had a really good relationship with her daughter. They were like sisters," he said, accoring to Mirror.
The outlet further said that Byrne was arrested after the police put cordons in place at several locations across the city. One was in Diglis, the other in Cheviot Close and a third was at Byrne's address in Waterworks Road.