Soldier charged over corporal’s murder

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill
Corporal Geoffrey McNeill
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A 23-year-old soldier has appeared in courtcharged with murdering a corporal from Blackpool who was found dead at an army barracks in Shropshire.

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill was found dead in an accommodation block at Clive Barracks, in Tern Hill, at about 9am on Saturday.

The 32-year-old, who was from Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, but spent time living in the resort from the age of 15, served with the First Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment.

Richard Farrell, also of Clive Barracks, who is alleged to have killed Corporal Geoffrey McNeill last Saturday, was remanded in custody after making a brief appearance at Telford Magistrates’ Court.

Farrell, a member of 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, spoke only to confirm his name, age, date of birth, and that he was based at Clive Barracks.

Magistrates ordered Farrell, who appeared in the dock wearing a blue sweater and dark trousers, to remain in custody until a further hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday March 14.

West Mercia Police have yet to confirm the cause of Corporal McNeill’s death after further tests were ordered following a post-mortem examination.