Two men and two women charged in connection with Elle Edwards murder

Merseyside Police charged four people on Thursday, 21 December, in connection with the murder of Elle Edwards on Christmas Eve last year.

A 42-year-old man from the Wallasey area, has been charged with assisting an offender.

A 33-year-old woman from the Woodchurch area has been charged with assisting an offender

A 54-year-old man from the Woodchurch area has been charged with assisting an offender

A 33-year-old woman from the Birkenhead area has been charged with two counts of assisting an offender

Reporting restrictions are currently in place which means the four people cannot at this stage be named.

They have all been bailed to appear at Wirral magistrates court on Monday, 15 January 2024.

Connor Chapman was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court in July to 48 years for Elle’s murder. Chapman will be 71 years old before he will be able to apply for parole.

Mr Justice Goose said at the time in his sentencing remarks, “What you did, Connor Chapman, was as wicked as it was shocking.”

“You murdered Elle, bringing an end to her life, and caused serious injury and wounded others.”

“You didn’t care who else was killed … you are a highly dangerous man.”

Chapman’s accomplice, Thomas Waring, was sentenced to nine years.

Following a 16-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court, Chapman, 23, of Houghton Road, Woodchurch, was found guilty of Elle’s murder and also of attempted murder, wounding with intent to cause GBH and possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

He previously pleaded guilty to one count of handling stolen goods in relation to the Mercedes car used on the night of the shooting.

Thomas Waring, 20, of Private Drive in Barnston, was found guilty of possession of a prohibited weapon and assisting an offender in relation to the murder.

Elle, 26, was fatally wounded after being shot while standing outside the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey just before midnight on Christmas Eve last year.

After firing the gun Chapman left the scene in a stolen Mercedes which was later found burnt out. He was arrested on 10 January this year in a supermarket in Wales.

Image: Elle Edwards/Family handout

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