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Man accused of murdering ex-Royal Navy officer to stand trial in October

Mike Samwell served in the Royal Navy for 16 years. Credit: GMP

The man accused of murdering a former Royal Navy officer from Manchester will stand trial in October.

Ryan Gibbons, 29, is charged with murder, burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.

Mike Samwell, 35, died after he was hit by his car, an Audi S3, as he tried to stop thieves stealing it from outside his home in Chorlton. His home had been broken into as he and his wife slept.

Mr Samwell was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Appearing at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday morning, Ryan Gibbons spoke only to confirm his name.

He was remanded in custody to stand trial on October 16. The proceedings are expected to last 10 days.

Gibbons has not entered a plea.

A 15-year-old boy and two men, aged 20 and 21, who were arrested on suspicion of murder and burglary have all been bailed pending further inquiries.

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