24-year-old man admits to killing UK model

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A man has, today, admitted to killing a model whose body was found in the River Severn.

Charles Byrne, 24, denied the murder of Christina Rowe in Worcester between 9 and 10 February this year but admitted her manslaughter.

He appeared at Warwick Crown Court via video link on Tuesday and also denied the attempted murder of another person on the same date.

West Mercia Police were forced to close Worcester’s Diglis footbridge after Ms Rowe’s body was discovered in the south of the city on 10 February.

Byrne, of Worcester, spoke only to enter pleas to the charges of murder and attempted murder.

Asked for his plea to the charge of Ms Rowe’s murder, he said: “I plead not guilty, but guilty to manslaughter.”

Judge James Burbidge adjourned the case for trial and said there would be an investigation into Byrne’s mental state.

Byrne, who was remanded in custody, is due to stand trial at Worcester Crown Court on 29 November.

At the time of her death, a friend of Christina told The Sun: “She was lovely and amazing. She was a strong woman and very well-liked.”

Former neighbour Bryn Ruff said: “She was a delightful, polite, charming girl and I am heartbroken to hear this, absolutely gutted.

“She was so helpful. Once I locked myself out of the house and Christina let me use her phone to call a locksmith.

“Another time I missed a takeaway delivery and she took it in and kept it warm for me. She was just really thoughtful, like the best sort of Brit really.

“I know she worked as a model over here. She was beautiful and so petite, there was really nothing to her.”

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