Mum of baby found in a binbag in Barkisland in court

Angela Owen
Angela Owen

A woman who was arrested six years after the dead body of her baby son was found buried in the grounds of Barkisland property has made a further appearance before a crown court judge.

Angela Owen, 46, who now lives in Glastonbury, Somerset, was traced by police earlier this year after they received tip-offs following an appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

Back in July 2006 officers found the boy’s body in a bin liner buried in the garden of the luxury house known as The Howroyd in Krumlin Road, Barkisland.

DNA tests later proved that Owen was the child’s mother.

Owen was charged with concealing the birth of the child and preventing a lawful burial together with further allegations of fraud.

She appeared before Judge Robert Bartfield at Bradford Crown Court today when the progress of her case was discussed during a hearing lasting more than half-an-hour.

Following applications from prosecution and defence counsel, Judge Bartfield agreed to adjourn the plea and case management hearing until September 25.

Owen is currently on bail subject to stringent conditions including an electronically-monitored curfew at her home between 7pm and 7am and requirement to reporting to a local police station.

Judge Bartfield extended Owen’s bail but said it could be varied to allow her to attend at the crown court and pre-arranged legal visits with either counsel or her solicitors.