THE girlfriend of an alleged murder victim failed to attend court because she was trying to arrange his funeral.
Zoe Connor admitted failing to attend court to face an offence of criminal damage to a cell at Blackpool Central police station.
She told Blackpool Magistrates she was arranging the funeral of 43-year-old Gary Curry, her partner who was found dead in a flat on Eaves Street, North Shore, last Wednesday.
Connor, 31, of Clevedon Road, North Shore, was arrested for failing to attend court and admitted the offence of failing to answer the summons.
Wendy Evans, prosecuting, said Connor had initially been arrested when she was drunk in December last year.
She had made a mess in her cell which cost £65 to have professionally cleaned.
Connor told the court she was in custody after being arrested for assaulting her partner.
She said: “I was drunk at the time and lost my temper. He has now been murdered and I am trying to arrange his funeral.”
She was ordered to pay the police £40 compensation and was given a 12 month conditional discharge.
Police found Mr Curry with head injuries following a party at a property in Eaves Street around 10.15pm on July 12.
Two women, aged 26 and 40, and two men, aged 28 and 56, all from Blackpool, were all initially arrested on suspicion of murder and quizzed by detectives.
Three of them were later released without charged.
Matthew Bramall, 28, of Eaves Street, North Shore, was charged with Mr Curry’s murder.
He is next due to appear at Preston Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on October 19.
A possible trial date has also been set for December 17.