Man remanded over stabbing

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.

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Parents heartbroken by loss of 'beautiful princess'

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."

Christina Edkins Credit: Family handout

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