A post-mortem examination on the body of a woman, believed to be 23-year-old Varkha Rani, has proved inconclusive.
Further forensic tests will take place soon.
32-year-old Jasvir Ram Ginday appeared at Walsall Magistrates Court this morning and was remanded into custody.
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The court heard Peter George Bell diverted funds from the company client account to finance a lavish lifestyle.
The shoes date back to 1690 and are thought to be worth hundreds of pounds.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the assault was reported earlier this month.