Three men have appeared in court charged in connection with the death of a French flight attendant found buried under a shed in Ellesmere Port.
Sebastian Bendou, 35, of no fixed abode, and Dominik Kocher, 34, from Abbey Bank, New Abbey, Dumfries, Scotland, appeared at Chester Crown Court charged with murder.
Kocher also faces charges from earlier in the investigation with assisting an offender and preventing a lawful burial along with Manuel Wagner, 25, also from Abbey Bank, New Abbey, Dumfries, Scotland.
Officers went to a house on Hylton Court on Tuesday, May 14, after being contacted with information about a 35-year-old man who had been missing since 2009.
Police began searching in an outbuilding of the house where human remains were recovered.
According to Cheshire police the victim is believed to be Christophe Borgye, a French national who was reported missing in May 2009, and a post mortem revealed cause of death to be blunt force trauma.
The preliminary hearing before Recorder of Chester Elgin Edwards, heard with the help of an interpreter for Bendou, set a plea and case management hearing for September 12, and trial date for January 27, 2014.