Woman, 31, accused of killing 'lovely' man, 57, as devastated family pay tribute | The Sun

EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to a "lovely" man found dead in a quiet village – as a woman appeared in the dock charged with murder.

Rebecca Press, 31, has denied killing "introverted" Richard Marc Ash, 57, at a property in Welsh former mining town New Tredegar last month.

She has also pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm against a woman.

The defendant appeared at Cardiff Crown Court this week after Mr Ash was found unresponsive in the early hours of the morning on July 17.

Cops and paramedics dashed to a home in Elliots Town at 12.40am.

Despite their efforts, Mr Ash couldn't be saved.

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Press, of Trecenydd in Caerphilly, was later charged with murder.

She spoke only to confirm her name and enter her pleas yesterday, Wales Online reports.

A judge at Cardiff Crown Court remanded her into custody ahead of her next appearance on November 22.

A trial is due to take place in January next year.

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Mr Ash's father released a moving tribute after his son's death.

"Richard Marc was an introverted, lovely person," they said.

"My wife and I were blessed to be his parents.

"All those who knew Richard Marc have nothing but praise for the type of man he was.

"He was a lovely person and we will always remember him as such.”

A spokesperson from Gwent Police said: "We’ve launched a murder investigation and a 31-year-old woman from Caerphilly was arrested on suspicion of murder.

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"She was later charged with this offence and was remanded into custody.

"We're not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident at this time."

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