North West Wales

Abergele pub manageress and employee remanded over Paul Blackledge death

Paul Blackledge
Image caption Paul Blackledge died in hospital in Saturday

A pub manageress and an employee have been remanded in custody charged with manslaughter after a man died following an incident outside a pub in Conwy.

Paul Blackledge, 54, died in hospital on Saturday night after an alleged assault last Thursday near the Pen-y-Bont pub in Abergele.

Tracey Alison Jones, 47, and Anthony Graham Smith, 39, both appeared before magistrates in Prestatyn on Monday.

They will appear at Caernarfon Crown court on 5 August.

Ms Jones, from Abergele, who manages the Pen-y-bont, and Mr Smith, from Pensarn, were remanded in custody.

Meanwhile an inquest was opened and adjourned into Mr Blackledge's death on Monday.

North Wales central coroner John Gittins was told he had died in the specialist head injuries unit at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire at Stoke-on-Trent.

A post mortem examination carried out at Glan Clwyd hospital, Bodelwyddan, by Home Office pathologist Dr Bryan Rogers revealed the cause of death as a "blunt force head injury".

Mr Gittins adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

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