Stoke & Staffordshire

Burton man remanded on missing woman murder charge

Sylwia Ciapcinska
Image caption Sylwia Ciapcinska was last seen on 20 July

A man has appeared in court accused of murdering a woman who has been missing since July.

Tomasz Sobczak, 29, of Ash Street, Burton, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court charged with the murder of Sylwia Ciapcinska.

He was remanded in custody to return to the same court on 12 November for a plea and case management hearing.

Human remains found in Burton are thought to be those of the missing woman.

The remains, found close to Ferry Bridge in Burton-upon-Trent, were found in a suitcase by a member of the public on 17 September.

Police said they were still awaiting confirmation they were her remains.

Miss Ciapcinska, 24, also of Ash Street, was last seen on 20 July in the Octagon shopping centre in the town.

She had arrived in the UK on 2 July and planned to stay for about a year to earn money to help her to buy a home in Poland.

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