Pair ‘murdered missing woman and claimed her benefits’

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Pair 'murdered missing woman and claimed her benefits'



Two people have been charged with murdering a 39-year-old woman in 2013, preventing her lawful burial and fraudulently claiming her benefits payments.
Kevin Flanagan, 39, and 40-year-old Kathleen Salmond are both accused of murdering Lisa Bennett in the Weoley Castle area of Birmingham.
The pair appeared before Judge Paul Farrer QC at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday, after also appearing before a magistrate sitting at the higher court earlier in the day.

Ms Bennett, who was believed to be living in the Selly Oak area but was originally from Burton-on-Trent, was reported missing by her mother in May 2013 (Picture: West Midlands Police)Salmond and Flanagan were granted conditional bail to reappear for a plea hearing on May 2.
Flanagan, of Kings Norton, Birmingham, and Salmond, of Hogde Hill, also Birmingham, both face three charges of murder, fraud and preventing burial.
The charges allege they killed Ms Bennett and ‘prevented the lawful and decent burial’ of her body on or about May 9, 2013.
The fraud charge alleges that the pair falsely represented to the Department for Work and Pensions that Salmond was Ms Bennett, and arranged for the transfer of state benefits into an account in Salmond’s name between May 8 and 31 2013.

Two people have been charged with murdering a 39-year-old woman in 2013, preventing her lawful burial and fraudulently claiming her benefits payments (Picture: PA)Ms Bennett, who was believed to be living in the Selly Oak area but was originally from Burton-on-Trent, was reported missing by her mother in May 2013.
Judge Farrer set a provisional trial date of September 2 at the same court, which is due to last five weeks.

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