Elle Edwards: Connor Chapman, 22, in court accused of 'killing woman, 26, with machine gun at pub on Christmas Eve' | The Sun

A MAN has today appeared in court charged with the murder of Elle Edwards who was shot dead at a pub on Christmas Eve.

The 26-year-old was blasted in the head as she drank with pals at the Lighthouse Inn, in Wallasey Village, Wirral.

Connor Chapman, 22, appeared at Wirral Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with the beautician's murder.

He was also charged with possession of a converted Skorpion sub-machine gun and ammunition, both with intent to endanger life.

The 22-year-old was charged with two counts of attempted murder, of Jake Duffy and Kieran Salkeld.

And three counts of unlawful and malicious wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, of Harry Loughran, Nicholas Speed and Liam Carr.

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Chapman, wearing a grey tracksuit and with long hair, was also charged with handling stolen goods, a Mercedes A Class car, between December 22 and 26 last year.

He spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and said he was of no fixed address.

The hearing lasted around three minutes.

Chapman, of Woodchurch, Merseyside, was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday.

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Elle's dad Tim Edwards previously said everyone that met his beautician daughter "knew how special she was".

Four men were also injured when gunshots rung out in the outside heated area of the pub.

Last night cops said a woman, 23, has been released on bail after she was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Three other people have already been arrested in connection with the murder.

A 31-year-old man from Tranmere, Wirral, and a 19-year-old woman from Rock Ferry, Wirral, were held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and bailed pending further inquiries.

A 30-year-old man from Tranmere, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, was recalled to prison on licence.

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