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By Craig McGlasson
Annan and Eskdale
Criminal cases joined together

TWO men charged following the disappearance and death of Annan man Paul Taylor have appeared in court together for the first time.

At Carlisle Crown Court today a judge formally joined the cases of Jack Ryan Crawley, 20, and Marcus Goodfellow, also aged 20, as they appeared in front of him.

It means allegations faced by the pair are now officially listed on one charge sheet, and not separately as was previously the case.

Crawley appeared over a video link from custody, while Goodfellow was in the court dock. Both spoke to confirm their names and dates of birth.

Crawley formally pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Taylor and also denied two charges brought following a police investigation in the York area: one alleges the attempted murder of a man on January 5, 2024; and a second alleges that he unlawfully and maliciously wounded the same man, causing him grievous bodily harm, on the same date.

At a previous hearing, Goodfellow pleaded not guilty to the one charge he faces, that of assisting an offender. This alleges that between 17-20 October last year, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, he assisted Crawley with the disposal of Mr Taylor’s Vauxhall Corsa; and that he did so “with intent to impede the apprehension or prosecution of Jack Ryan Crawley”.

Crawley, of Sheehan Crescent, and Goodfellow, of Greystone Road, both Carlisle, are due to stand trial in front of a jury at the city’s crown court in October.

In the meantime Crawley remains remanded in custody, while Goodfellow is on conditional bail.

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