A 38-YEAR-OLD man appeared in court today (Friday) accused of the crossbow murder of a pensioner as he tried to adjust a satellite dish at his remote home.

Terence Michael Whall, of Bryngwran, in Anglesey, was remanded in custody by magistrates at Llandudno until Monday at Mold crown court.

He is charged with the murder of 74-year-old Gerald Corrigan who lived on the outskirts of Holyhead.

Whall spoke only to confirm his name, address, date of birth and nationality during a two-minute hearing. His solicitor Eilian Williams indicated that he denied responsibility.

North Wales police said three other people arrested in connection with the investigation have been released on conditional police bail “with stringent conditions”, and inquiries are ongoing.

Mr Corrigan was shot outside his home early on Good Friday and died in hospital on May 11.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Kearney, the senior investigating officer who was in court for the hearing, said: “I continue to appeal to members of our community to come forward and help us with this investigation.

"Specialist officers continue to support Mr Corrigan’s partner Marie, and his son and daughter, Neale and Fiona. Our thoughts remain with them. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have assisted the inquiry to date.”

Detectives have also appealed for information about the movements of a white Land Rover Discovery, reported stolen from Engedi, near Holyhead. It was found burned out at Llanllechid, near Bangor.

Mr Corrigan worked as a lecturer in photography and video in Lancashire before retiring to Anglesey more than 20 years ago and had a keen interest in nature.