Lancashire

Sadie Hartley stabbing: Two women in court on murder charge

Sadie Hartley Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Police believe Sadie Hartley died on the evening of 14 January

Two women have appeared in court charged with murdering a businesswoman found stabbed at her Lancashire home.

Sadie Hartley, 60, was discovered with multiple stab wounds at her house in Helmshore, Rossendale, on Friday night.

Katrina Walsh, 55, and Sarah Williams, 34, both from Chester, appeared at Preston Crown Court via video link and were remanded in custody until 4 May.

A trial, which is expected to last three weeks, has been set for 4 July

Ms Walsh, of Hare Lane, and Ms Williams, of Treborth Road, Blacon, will next appear for a plea and case management hearing.

Ms Hartley, who was the director of her own medical communications business Hartley Taylor, based in Knutsford, Cheshire, was last seen alive on 14 January at a conference in Manchester.

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