Boyfriend, 25, who admitted killing his model ex then dumping her body in the river admits fresh attempted murder charge on second victim 

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  • Charles Byrne, 25, admitted to killing former model at June Warwick Crown Court hearing
  • Byrne denies attempted murder in June hearing
  • Appeared at Worcester Crown Court today where he changed the plea and admitted the attempted murder of another man
  • The 25-year-old will be sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on 25 March 2022

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A man who confessed to killing his model ex and dumping his body in a river has pleaded guilty to a fresh charge of attempt to murder on another victim.

Charles Byrne, 25, killed 28-year-old Filipina model Christina Rowe between February 9 and 10, 2021.

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Ms Rowe’s body was found on 10 February in the Severn River near Diglis Bridge in Worcester.

On 1 June at Warwick Crown Court he admitted Ms Rowe’s murder on grounds of lesser responsibility and said at the time: ‘I am not guilty, but guilty of murder.’

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But at the same hearing he denied any attempted murder in February in the same period.

The case was adjourned for hearing today when Byrne, 25, appeared at Worcester Crown Court, where he changed his plea and admitted an attempt to kill another man.

25-year-old Charles Byrne (pictured) killed 28-year-old Filipina model Christina Rowe between February 9 and 10 2021

The 25-year-old, formerly of Waterworks Road, Worcester, is now a patient at the high-security Ashworth Hospital.

Today, he stood in the dock with four guards only to confirm his identity and file a petition.

His barrister Gurdeep Garcha QC read out the grounds on which Byron filed his petition.

Mr Garcha said: ‘Can I read in the record … the basis of the petition.

‘The defendant admits his guilt on the following grounds:

As stated in the medical evidence, he was seriously mentally unsound at the time of the incident.’

At Warwick Crown Court on 1 June Byron admitted the murder of Ms Rowe (pictured) on grounds of lesser responsibility and said at the time: 'I am not guilty, but guilty of murder'

At Warwick Crown Court on 1 June Byrne admitted the murder of Ms Rowe (pictured) on grounds of lesser responsibility and said at the time: ‘I am not guilty, but guilty of murder’

Mr Garcha said Byron’s “intent to kill” was made in a “momentary” moment.

Adjudicating the case for sentencing, Mr Justice Edward Pepperall QC said: ‘The resolution of these matters will be of great importance to the family of Miss Rowe.

‘While it is important to be given time to do this properly, it is also important to have some certainty about when the matter returns to court.’

Addressing Byron, he said: ‘Let me adjourn this case for sentencing because in this case both the prosecution and the defense have admitted that you are of unsound mind.

The case was adjourned for hearing today when Byrne, 25, appeared at Worcester Crown Court, where he changed his plea and admitted an attempt to kill another man.  Pictured: Ms. Rowe

The case was adjourned for hearing today when Byrne, 25, appeared at Worcester Crown Court, where he changed his plea and admitted an attempt to kill another man. Pictured: Ms. Rowe

‘Therefore, it is necessary that I may properly take into account the exact extent and nature of your mental state before sentencing.

‘Therefore there will be some delay in the order so that the defense and prosecution can properly examine your mental health.

‘Just because I am adjourning the case for the benefit of the psychiatric report, you or anyone else should not imply in court that I am prepared to make a psychiatric settlement of the matter.

‘When I punish you next year, all options are clearly open to me.’

Byrne, who was sent back to Ashworth Hospital care, will be sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on 25 March 2022.

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