AN ELLESMERE man charged over the death of a pensioner in St Martins has appeared in court via video-link.

Ashley Sumner, of Berwyn View, is accused of unlawfully killing 80-year-old John Bathers in north Shropshire on September 6.

The 31-year-old faces further allegations of taking a vehicle without consent and driving other than in accordance with a licence.

Sumner spoke only to confirm his name during an appearance at Stafford Crown Court from HMP Hewell in Worcestershire on Monday.

Judge Kristina Montgomery QC remanded Sumner in custody to re-appear at the same court for a plea hearing on October 19.