Man denies murder of Rainhill solicitor

Murder victim Linda Bakewell
Murder victim Linda Bakewell
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A MAN accused of the murder of a high-flying Rainhill solicitor is set to go on trial.

Philip Martins, 47, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Linda Bakewell before Chester Crown Court on Monday (March 7).

The defendant, of Somerfield Walk, Widnes, was remanded in custody prior to a further mention and plea and directions hearing scheduled for April 20.

Following his not guilty plea, it is likely that Martins will go on trial later this year.

The body of Linda Bakewell, 45, was found in the boot of her car on Shevington Walk, Widnes, on November 24 - five days after she was last seen leaving her workplace in Liverpool city centre.

A Home Office post-mortem subsequently revealed that Ms Bakewell, a director at Liverpool-based Armstrong Solicitors, had been strangled.

A statement issued by her family read: “Linda was a loving, caring and generous daughter and sister who will be sorely missed.

“We were concerned when she failed to make her regular weekly visit to her parents on November 20 or to respond to a text message.

“But we had not anticipated such a tragic event.”