Chip shop owner charged with murder after wife died from horrific burns from 160C fat

Geoffrey Bran (right) has been charged with murdering wife Mavis (left), who was killed by boiling fat (Picture: Wales News)

A chip shop owner has been charged with murdering his wife who died after suffering horrific burns from boiling fat.

Mavis Bran, 69, died after suffering burns at the village chip shop she ran with husband Geoffrey Bran, 70.

The former pub landlady suffered severe burns to 46 per cent of her body from the 160C oil and was rushed to a specialist unit at hospital but died six days later.

The couple came out of retirement to start their roadside cafe in Hermon, near Carmarthen. (Pictures: Wales News)

Mr Bran, of Hermon, near Carmarthen in west Wales, has been charged with murder. He appeared in magistrates court in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

He was originally arrested on suspicion of assault after telling neighbours she had slipped and fell next to the fryer – and her death was an accident. He was rearrested for murder a few weeks later.

Mr Barn said nothing when he appeared in court and was remanded in custody to appear at Swansea Crown Court on Monday, November 26.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed Powys Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police has re-arrested a 70-year-old man, in connection with the death of a 69-year-old woman from Hermon.

“The man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody at this time.”

The chip shop has been closed since Mavis’ death and a sign outside said the business was “closed due to illness”.

Police investigating her death are still appealing for lunchtime customers from the day she was injured to come forward.

The couple came out of retirement in January to start their roadside cafe called the Chipoteria in the sleepy country village of Hermon.

The incident in which Mavis suffered the burns happened on Tuesday, October 23.

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