Man pleads not guilty to Christmas Eve murder of Elle Edwards

Connor Chapman, 22, made the plea before Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday.

Man pleads not guilty to Christmas Eve murder of Elle Edwards in Wirral, Merseyside Merseyside Police

A man has pled not guilty to the murder of beautician Elle Edwards in a Merseyside pub on Christmas Eve.

Connor Chapman, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court by videolink from HMP Manchester on Thursday.

He replied “not guilty” as the murder charge was put to him and also denied eight other offences.

Chapman, of no fixed address, faces a total of nine offences in connection with the shooting which occurred at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village, Wirral.

Ms Edwards, 26, was fatally shot just before midnight but is not believed to have been the intended target of the attack, which left four men injured.

Chapman, 23, is also charged with possessing a converted Scorpion sub-machine gun and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

The other counts against him are the attempted murder of Jake Duffy and Kieran Salkeld, and the unlawful and malicious wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm of Harry Loughran, Nicholas Speed and Liam Carr.

He is also charged with handling stolen goods, a Mercedes A Class car, between December 22 and 26 last year.