Cassie Hayes: Man charged with travel agent murder

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Laura Williams said Cassie Hayes (right) was "my future wife and my forever"

A man has been charged with the murder of a travel agent who had her throat cut at her workplace.

Cassie Hayes, 28, died in hospital after being injured at the Tui store in Chapel Street, Southport, on Saturday.

Andrew Burke, 30, of Vincent Street, St Helens, has appeared at Liverpool Crown Court charged with murdering her and possessing a knife in a public place.

He was remanded in custody until 19 February when he is expected to enter a plea.

'My forever'

A post-mortem examination concluded Ms Hayes, who was originally from Alnwick, Northumberland, died of shock and haemorrhaging due to a wound to the throat.

Paying tribute, her partner Laura Williams said Ms Hayes was "my future wife and my forever".

"Cassie is my partner and words will not explain my sorrow and loss, she is the most amazing, gorgeous, selfless and strong person I know," she said.

The family of Ms Hayes added: "Our whole lives have been shattered.

"This has torn our hearts from our bodies.

"Cassie was an amazing, kind human being who would do anything for anyone.

"She doted on all her family and our loss is beyond calculation."

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Cassie Hayes was the assistant manager at the Tui branch in Southport

One former colleague of the store's assistant manager wrote on Facebook: "So shocked to hear the sad news about Cassie. I've not worked for Tui for a while but the time I did and worked with Cassie she was such a lovely girl. RIP Cassie. Thinking of all the Southport girls and Cassie's family."

Mr Burke spoke only to confirm his details in the hearing.

No bail application was made and Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC set a provisional trial date for 2 July.

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