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Superintendent Richard Baker from West Midlands Police says he is still working closely with the family of Christina Edkins. He says they face a long road to justice.
A 22-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a girl stabbed on a bus as she headed to school.
Phillip Simelane is accused of killing 16-year-old Christina Edkins. This morning he spoke only to confirm his name during a 10-minute hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.
Simelane has been remanded into the custody of a secure mental health unit. He will appear at the same court for a plea hearing on May 31.
Phillip Simelane has been formally charged with the murder of Christina Edkins. He is due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court this morning. The murder charge was formally put to Phillip Simelane at 9am after he was brought back into police custody from a secure mental unit.
An inquest into Christina's death will be opened and adjourned at Birmingham Coroner's Court on Thursday.
The parents of a 16-year-old schoolgirl stabbed to death on a bus during the morning rush hour in Birmingham have spoken publicly about "the loss of our beautiful princess".
Jason and Kathleen Edkins said:
"We'd bought Christina's prom dress the week before and recall the day she tried it on… she looked like a princess. She was our Princess. Christina was studying extremely hard for her exams and weighing-up which college to attend."
"Her family and friends will remember her as an amazing individual with her whole life ahead of her… a life that was tragically cut short on that Thursday morning. Our lives will never be the same again."
West Midlands Police have said they have been given authority by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge Phillip Simelane, 22, with 16-year-old Christina Edkins’ murder. She was stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham.
He will be formally charged in due course.