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Megan Bannister death: Two men in court charged with manslaughter

Jason Burder (left) and Adam King (right)
Image caption Jason Burder (left) and Adam King (right) appeared before Leicester Magistrates' Court on Thursday

Two men have appeared in court over the death of a teenager whose body was found in the back of a car after a crash with a motorbike.

Megan Bannister, 16, from Leicester, was dead before the collision in Enderby on Sunday, police said.

Jason Burder, 28, of Braunstone Avenue, Leicester, and Adam King, 27, of Waltham Avenue, Leicester, were charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

They are due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 15 June.

The men were refused bail after appearing before magistrates' earlier.

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A third man, aged 34, has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He remains in police custody.

The force revealed Megan's injuries were not consistent with a crash, but a post-mortem examination was inconclusive.

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Image caption Megan Bannister's family said she was bright, clever and responsible

Megan was due to take the first of her GCSE exams on Tuesday, her school said. She wanted to become a midwife.

Her family said in a statement: "Megan was our beautiful, talented, loving daughter and sister, and our hearts have been utterly broken by her death.

"The thought of life without Megan is impossible to imagine, and we cannot adequately express in words the sense of numbness and overwhelming grief we feel at her loss.

"She was bright, clever, and a responsible person who loved her family and her many friends.

"She had a strong self-will and had set her heart on training to becoming a midwife.

Image caption Megan attended Wigston College, which is part of the Wigston Academies Trust

"Knowing how confident and determined she was, we have no doubt she would have realised that dream."

Wigston College, where Megan was a student, said in a statement: "Megan was funny, friendly and good.

"She was popular and had a wide range of friends. She liked people and they liked her and this is how we will remember her.

"Our thoughts are very much with her family at this impossibly difficult time."

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