A man who admitted killing his model ex then dumping her body in the river has admitted a fresh attempted murder charge on a second victim.
Charles Byrne, 25, killed Filipina model Christina Rowe, 28, between February 9 and 10 2021.
Ms Rowe’s body was found in the River Severn near the Diglis Bridge in Worcester on February 10.
At Warwick Crown Court on June 1 he admitted the manslaughter of Ms Rowe on the grounds of diminished responsibility and said at the time: ‘I plead not guilty, but guilty to manslaughter.’
But at the same hearing he denied the attempted murder of another person in the same time period in February.
The case was adjourned for trial until today when Byrne, 25, appeared at Worcester Crown Court, where he changed his plea and admitted attempting to kill another person.
The 25-year-old, formerly of Waterworks Road, Worcester, is now a patient at high-security Ashworth Hospital.
Today, he appeared in the dock flanked by four guards and spoke only to confirm his identity and enter a plea.
His barrister, Gurdeep Garcha QC, read the basis on which Byrne had entered his plea.
Mr Garcha said: ‘May I read into record… the basis of plea.
‘The defendant pleads guilty on the following basis:
‘He was seriously mentally unwell at time of the incident, as referenced in medical evidence.’
Mr Garcha said that Byrne’s ‘intent to kill’ had been formed in a ‘fleeting’ moment.
Adjourning the case for sentencing, Mr Justice Edward Pepperall QC said: ‘The resolution of these matters will be of enormous importance to Miss Rowe’s family.
‘Whilst important that time be allowed for this to be done properly, it is also important there’s some certainty as to when the case comes back to court.’
Addressing Byrne, he said: ‘I must adjourn this matter for sentence because it is acknowledged by both the prosecution and defence in this case that you are psychiatrically unwell.
‘Therefore, it is necessary I can properly take account of the true extent and nature of your psychiatric condition before I pass sentence.
‘There will therefore be some delay in order so the defence and prosecution can properly investigate your mental health.
‘Simply because I am adjourning the case for the benefit of psychiatric reports should not lead you or anybody else in court to assume I am minded to make psychiatric disposal of this case.
‘All options plainly remain open to me when I sentence you next year.’