MURDER accused Nicola Bishop was released on bail this week and sent out a celebratory message to friends on Facebook within hours.
Together with boyfriend Jason Howells, 34, the 25-year-old forensic science student is charged with murdering Fynn Western-Davey at their Balmoral Park home in Chester on January 23.
Mr Western-Davey suffered two stab wounds, including one to the heart, in the attack.
Bishop’s release was sanctioned behind closed doors by a judge at Chester Crown Court following a hearing over a procedural matter on Monday but was not made public.
However, within hours of her release, the former lapdancer posted a celebratory message on her Facebook page.
At 12.18pm on Tuesday, the former Bishop Heber and Upton High School pupil told her 579 Facebook friends: "Nicola Bishop is home at last!! To everyone who stood by me, thank you for your support, and to everyone who doubted me, s**** you. At least I now know who my real friends are eh?! I LOVE YOU JASON!!!"
Friends rushed to add their own messages of support and promised to belatedly celebrate her 25th birthday, which passed last month while she was behind bars.
One said: "Right! We need to have a party to celebrate your birthday bird!"
On Wednesday, a pal was looking forward to being reunited with her friend.
She said: "Will be so nice to see you when we can have a cig and chat without a table in the way."
Howells, who remains in jail, is also charged with possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.
The pair were initially remanded in custody on February 15 when an application for bail made for Bishop was dismissed by presiding judge Elgan Edwards, Recorder of Chester.
Karen Ellison, at the Crown Prosecution Service in Chester, said: "Stringent bail conditions have been imposed on the defendant which, in the view of the crown, meet the risks outlined at the initial hearings.
"The issue of bail is kept under constant review and where the risks can be met by the imposition of bail conditions as opposed to remanding the defendant in custody, that is the appropriate course of action."
Bishop has been bailed under a raft of strict conditions including reporting daily to a police station, staying at a designated address and staying in between 7pm and 7am.
She must not enter Chester, except to attend court, she must not leave Cheshire and Staffordshire or contact prosecution witnesses. Bishop was also given a surety of £50,000 which could be paid if she fails to adhere to the conditions.
Bishop and Howells will reappear at Chester Crown Court on April 19 when both are due to enter pleas.