THE body of a missing French man was buried in concrete under an Ellesmere Port shed for four years.

It has also emerged work colleagues at a restaurant in Cheshire Oaks reported him missing on May 17, 2009 – 24 days after he was last seen.

Two cousins appeared at Chester Magistrates Court on Monday charged with assisting in the burial and concealment of the body of Ryanair flight attendant Christophe Borgye and of preventing his lawful burial after remains were found under a brick outbuilding in a garden at Hylton Court, near Cheshire Oaks on Thursday.

Married father-of-three Dominik Charles Kocher, 34, and Manuel Wagner, 25, who were traced to Abbey Bank, New Abbey, Dumfries, Scotland were charged on Sunday evening.

Kocher, a French national, appeared in the dock with a beard and wearing a navy blue pullover and jeans. He stood alongside his baby-faced German cousin, Wagner – whom he refers to as his brother – and who was dressed in a black hooded top and wore spectacles.

A third man, a 35-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of murder in Ellesmere Port on Tuesday last week, has been sectioned under section 2 of the Mental Health Act.

The men were refused bail and were remanded in custody ahead of their next appearance, at Chester Crown Court on June 10.