Man appears in court charged with Shana Cover’s murder

Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa
Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa

A Rugby man charged with the murder of his estranged wife Shana Cover has appeared in Crown Court.

Owen Anthony Williams, 50, of Grizedale, Rugby, was refused bail and remanded in custody until November 21.

The 34-year-old’s body was found in her flat in Morton Gardens, Rugby, on August 21.

Williams was arrested at the Harvester in Leicester Road, Rugby, where he worked as a chef.

Prosecutor Malcolm Morse said that Williams, who came to the UK in 1999 and returned on two successive student visas, had married Shana, who had a son, in September 2007.

He said: “They had separated, and we believe she died in her flat, to which she had moved following the separation, probably on August 14.”

Mr Morse said that was based on a belief that Shana’s phone had last been used by her on August 14 – and in the following week there was concern when she missed a meeting and did not turn up for her job as a cleaner at the Hospital of St Cross.