Ex-army doctor, 35, appears in court charged with murder of ‘on-off girlfriend’

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Ex-army doctor, 35, appears in court charged with murder of ‘on-off girlfriend’ after mother of two’s body was found at crossroads with stab wounds to neck, chest and back

  • Emma McArthur, 43, found dead in Thatcham, Berkshire, Thursday 11:45 PM
  • Mother of two’s body was discovered with stab wounds to the neck, chest and back
  • Christopher Minards, 35, has been charged with one time murder

A former army doctor appeared in court today, charged with murdering his ‘on-off girlfriend’ after her body was discovered at a busy intersection.

Mother of two Emma McArthur, 43, was found dead on Thursday at 11:45 p.m. with stab wounds to her neck, chest and back, near Crookham Common and Thornford Park Hospital in Thatcham, Berkshire.

Christopher Minards, 35, has been charged with one murder and one time in possession of a knife in a public place.

Minards appeared at Reading Magistrate Court today wearing a gray sweater in front of magistrates Joanne Corrigan and Yuki Beardmore-Gray who had taken the army doctor into custody.

Christopher Minards, 35, has been charged with one murder and one time in possession of a knife in a public place.  Pictured: Reading Magistrates Court

Christopher Minards, 35, has been charged with one murder and one time in possession of a knife in a public place. Pictured: Reading Magistrates Court

The court heard that Minards had an “on-off” relationship with Ms. McArthur.

Prosecutor Shane Hauschild said: “The victim Emma McArthur was 43 years old and the mother of two children. The suspect and the victim were known to each other, they had met on Facebook in June 2019.

Paramedics arrived and offered life support, but despite their best efforts, the victim was declared dead at 12:47 p.m. The defendant was later arrested on charges of murder. ‘

Upon joining the army, Minards were deployed with 4th Rifles and the Welsh Regiment in Iraq. A decade later, he was charged with murdering his ‘on-off girlfriend’.

Emma McArthur, 43, was found Thursday at 11:45 PM at the intersection between Crookham Hill and Burys Bank Road near Thatcham, Berkshire.  Pictured: police on the spot

Emma McArthur, 43, was found Thursday at 11:45 PM at the intersection between Crookham Hill and Burys Bank Road near Thatcham, Berkshire.  Pictured: police on the spot

Emma McArthur, 43, was found Thursday at 11:45 PM at the intersection between Crookham Hill and Burys Bank Road near Thatcham, Berkshire. Pictured: police on the spot

Magistrate Joanne Corrigan, who took the defendant into custody, added: “You will be sent to Reading Crown Court, your first hearing will take place tomorrow.

“You are being remanded. You can leave with the officer today.”

Minards, from Station Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, was scheduled to appear at Reading Crown Court tomorrow.

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