Man appears in court charged with Matalan couple’s murder


A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a couple who were allegedly stabbed to death outside the shop where they worked.

Matalan workers Zoe Morgan, 21, and Lee Simmons, 33, were found dead close to the store in Cardiff city centre on Wednesday morning.

Andrew Patrick Saunders, 20, faced magistrates in the Welsh capital on Friday charged with their murder.

Representing the crown in the case was Monique McKevitt, while the defendant was represented by Tarik Sadiq.

Saunders spoke only to confirm his name, age and address before being remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, police were continuing to investigate and specially trained officers were helping the families of window dresser Morgan and shop worker Simmons.

On the eve of Friday’s court hearing, Morgan’s family issued a tribute to the University of South Wales graduate, describing her as a beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and auntie who had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody.

A statement issued via South Wales police said: She was taken away from us tragically, too soon, and has left a massive hole in our lives that will never be filled. Zoe will always be in our hearts for ever and always. We are all brokenhearted.

It is believed Morgan and Simmons struck up a romance while working together and had been dating for four months.

Their bodies were discovered in Queen Street at around 5.50am on 28 September. Police later said they believed the couple had died after suffering stab wounds.

Matalan staff broke down in tears when they returned to work and saw dozens of floral tributes laid outside the store.

Hundreds of pounds have been donated to a JustGiving page in memory of Morgan, describing her as fun, sweet and exceptionally kind and honest. She had graduated in June with an honours degree in fashion marketing and retail design.

Saunders, of no fixed address, will appear at Cardiff crown court on Monday 3 October.

News Source TheGuardianNews

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