Chip Shop Owner Accused of Murder

Swansea Crown Court

Wife died after suffering 46 per cent burns to her body

A chip shop owner from West Wales will stand trial charged with murdering his wife who was killed by boiling fat.

Mavis Bran, 69, died after suffering horrific burns at the village chip shop she ran with her husband Geoffrey, 70.

She was rushed to a specialist burns unit at Morriston Hospital but died six days later.

Geoffrey Bran appeared at Swansea Crown Court today (Nov 26) and was remanded in custody to stand trial in May next year.

The couple came out of retirement in January to start their roadside cafe called the Chipoteria in Hermon, near Carmarthen.

Former pub landlady Mavis died after suffering severe burns to 46 per cent of her body in her chip shop from the oil at 160C.

Her husband made his first appearance at Swansea Crown Court via video link with Swansea Prison, where he is being held in custody.

Bran is accused of causing fatal burns to his 69 year old wife at the chip shop in the grounds of their home in Hermon on October 23.

Bran, dressed in a maroon crew neck jumper, spoke only to confirm his name, nationality and date of birth.

Rachel Knight, prosecuting, said a variety of experts will give evidence to help pinpoint the cause of death and the nature of the burns suffered by Mrs Bran.

Judge Keith Thomas said the trial would begin on May 7 and is expected to last two weeks.

He said the trial would be conducted by Judge Paul Thomas, who will preside over the next hearing on February 25.

That will be the date when Bran will be asked to enter a plea to the charge of murder.

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