Man charged with murdering Heysham man in Lancaster

Lancaster Magistrates' Court.
Lancaster Magistrates' Court.

A Heysham man whose death was initially described by police as ‘non-suspicious’ is now thought to have been murdered, it emerged today.

Detectives have charged 52-year-old Bernard McSorley with murdering Paul McDonagh, 30, who was found dead in the car park of St James Court in Lancaster at around 1.30pm on October 29.

At the time, officers said Mr McDonagh had died in non-suspicious circumstances but, after a Home Office post-mortem examination and police enquiries, it was concluded that he had, in fact, been stabbed.

McSorley, 52, of no fixed address, was charged with murdering him in the city between October 27 and October 30 this year.

Two others were arrested but later released without charge.

McSorley was remanded in custody when he appeared before Lancaster Magistrates’ Court today, Friday, November 8.

He will appear at Preston Crown Court on Monday, November 11.