Gatley Man Accused of Wife Murder

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An 84-year-old Gatley man has appeared in court accused of murdering his 86-year-old wife.

Lawrence Franks was arrested after police found the body of a woman.

Laura Keegan, prosecuting, told magistrates the murder charge could only be dealt with by a crown court. Paul Green, defending, made no application for bail.

Franks was remanded into custody to appear at Minshull Street crown court in Manchester on Wednesday.

On Sunday DI Richard Eales, of Greater Manchester police, said: “This is a truly tragic incident and I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the family of the woman who has died.

“We are working to provide her loved ones with support from specially trained officers at this difficult time.”