Man accused of shooting Elle Edwards in Wallasey denies murder but admits handling stolen goods

Elle Edwards was fatally shot in a pub in Wallasey on Christmas Eve. Credit: Family picture

A man accused of fatally shooting a beautician outside a pub on Christmas Eve has pleaded guilty to a charge of handling stolen goods.

Connor Chapman, 23, admitted the count at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday ahead of his trial for the murder of Elle Edwards.

Elle was shot outside the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village, Wirral, Merseyside, on 24 December.

The handling stolen goods charge relates to a Mercedes A Class vehicle which he is said to have handled between 23 December and 31 December 2022.

He denies eight other counts, including the murder of Ms Edwards.

He is also charged with the attempted murders of Jake Duffy and Kieran Salkeld, three counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm to Harry Loughran, Nicholas Speed and Liam Carr, possession of a converted Skorpion submachine gun, and possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life.

Chapman, who had his hair in a bun and wore a white shirt and grey tie, is standing trial alongside co-defendant Thomas Waring, 20, of Private Drive, Barnston, Wirral.

Waring is charged with possession of a Skorpion submachine gun and assisting an offender by helping dispose of the car allegedly used by Chapman after the shooting.

On Monday, he pleaded guilty to an additional count of failing to comply with a disclosure notice.

A jury of 12, with two additional jurors who will sit through the opening, was sworn in for the case, expected to last up to four weeks.

Mr Justice Goose told the jury panel: “This trial is one that concerns the events which occurred on Christmas Eve, 24 December, last year outside a public house on the Wirral, in Wallasey, called the Lighthouse.

“Shortly before midnight a man fired a machine gun which killed a young woman and injured others.

“There has been significant publicity about the shooting which you may have seen already.

“It is important in this, as in all criminal trials, you as jurors are impartial and are not connected to any of the people or places involved in these events.”

The trial is expected to open on Tuesday, 13 June.