Paul Morson disappearance: Three in court over murder

Paul Morson
Image caption Paul Morson was last seen in June 2011

Three people accused of murdering a St Helens man who has been missing for 10 months have been remanded in custody.

Paul Morson, 31, was last seen in Huyton in June last year.

Jay Brierly, 59, from Whiston, Scott Callaghan, 33, from Anfield, and John Burns, 33, from Huyton, appeared at Liverpool Magistrates' Court earlier.

All three have been committed to Liverpool Crown Court for their next hearing on 10 April.

Mr Callaghan has also been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Mr Morson was jailed for 11 months in 2006 after admitting supplying a getaway car to the killers of Liverpool teenager Anthony Walker.

Van found abandoned

Merseyside Police said Mr Morson's disappearance was out of character and, despite extensive inquiries, he had not been traced.

Officers have found no evidence he has been in contact with friends, family or acquaintances.

A Renault Kangoo van he borrowed from a friend was found abandoned on the A50 in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, on 21 June.

In 2006, Mr Morson admitted perverting the course of justice after supplying the car to Paul Taylor and Michael Barton, who received life sentences for the racist murder of Anthony Walker, 18, in Huyton in July 2005.

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