Murder accused in court after seven months

Ian Dollery was stabbed to death outside his home in St Annes.

Ian Dollery was stabbed to death outside his home in St Annes.

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A man accused of murdering a St Annes businessman has made his first appearance in court after a seven-month police investigation.

Robert Andrew Kay, 48, is accused of killing dad-of-three Ian Dollery, who was found with multiple stab wounds outside his three-bedroom home on June 18.

Detectives launched a murder probe after Mr Dollery, 51, died from his injuries. He was found in an alleyway behind his £450,000 York Road property in St Annes.

Kay, of North Promenade, St Annes, appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court via videolink from the high-security Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool.

He has been held at the psychiatric unit, in Maghull, since being detained under the Mental Health Act shortly after Mr Dollery’s death.

After months of investigation, detectives have now charged him with murder. He was remanded in custody until he appears at Preston Crown Court on Thursday. Kay spoke only to say “yes” when he was told what was happening to him. Mr Dollery was an engineer and a director of a family owned online book sales business, Safari Books.

He was found at around 11.30pm on June 18 and rushed to hospital by paramedics but died from his injuries. An inquest into his death was adjourned on July 29 due to the ongoing police investigation.