Ex-partner murder charge

Michael Cope, 28, has been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend Linzi Ashton after he handed himself in to armed officers after nearly a month on the run, Greater Manchester Police said.

Cope charged with murder after month on the run

A wanted man who handed himself in after nearly a month on the run has been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Michael Cope, 28, was arrested on Friday after police were called to an address in Leigh, Greater Manchester.

Michael Cope has been charged with the murder of his former girlfriend Linzi Ashton Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Mother-of-two Linzi Ashton, 25, was discovered with multiple injuries at her home in Winton, Salford, on June 29.

She had made separate complaints to Greater Manchester Police in April and May that Cope had raped and beaten her.

Cope, of no fixed address, is also charged with separate offences of rape and assault, said Greater Manchester Police.

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Michael Cope charged with murder of ex-girlfriend

Michael Cope, 28, has been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend Linzi Ashton after he handed himself in to armed officers after nearly a month on the run, Greater Manchester Police said.

Michael Cope has been chargd with the murder of Linzi Ashton. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A Home Office post mortem concluded Miss Ashton, 25, died as a result of pressure to the neck and multiple injuries.