A warehouse worker has appeared via video link at Cardiff Crown Court accused of murdering a woman whose dismembered body was found in a flat.
Christopher Nathan May, 50, is accused of killing Tracey Woodford, 47, at his home in Pontypridd. The court heard his trial is expected to be heard in October and last two weeks.
May appeared on a single charge of murder of Tracey between April 20 and April 25. Tracey was found dead three days after being reported missing by her family.
May spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing and was remanded into custody.
Prosecutor Michael Jones said forensic pathologists would be "key" to understanding how Tracy was killed.
Police are still appealing for information from anyone who may have seen Tracey in the days she was missing after drinking in the Skinny Dog pub in the town centre.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have released a statement in relation to the ongoing murder investigation in Pontypridd.
They say while local people in the area are understandably concerned, the event must be put into the 'wider context.'
Today 50-year-old Christopher May appeared in court charged with the murder of Tracey Woodford.
The news of this shocking incident will understandably cause anxiety and concern for local residents, but must be placed into the wider context that such events are a rare occurrence in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Following the updates I have received from the local police, I am confident they are doing all they can to support the local community as part of the investigations.
Everyone's thoughts are I am sure, with the victim's family, and I hope the community will do all they can to assist the police with their investigations and bring forward any information they may hold.
A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman in Pontypridd.
Christopher May, 50, is accused of killing 47-year-old Tracey Woodford, whose dismembered body was found at a flat in the town.
Mr May spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth at a brief hearing at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court.
He was wearing a grey jumper and had glasses on his head.
He is due to reappear at Cardiff Crown Court tomorrow morning, charged with a single count of murder.
South Wales Police has made a re-appeal to anyone who has any information relating to Tracey Woodford's whereabouts from the evening of Tuesday 21 April to get in touch.
I would like anybody who hasn’t already come forward to get in touch. I am keen to establish Tracey’s movements over the past week.
“We have received significant support from the public who have no doubt been traumatised by what has unfolded. I would like to thank them for this support and assure them that we are doing everything we possibly can to find out exactly what happened to Tracey."
South Wales Police has charged a 50 year-old man in connection with the murder of Tracey Woodford.
He is due to appear at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court tomorrow.
A post mortem has been carried out but officers are awaiting the results of further forensic tests to determine the cause of Tracey’s death.
Her body was found dismembered in a flat in the Graig area of the town on Friday.
Officers investigating the incident are continuing their appeal for witnesses.
The family of Tracey Woodford, whose body was found at a flat in Pontypridd on Friday have paid tribute to her saying she was a "kind-hearted and a selfless person who would go out of her way to help anyone".
Tracey was liked and loved by all of her family and friends. She was a gentle person who would not hurt anyone and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. We are thankful for all the support we have received to date. We ask all to respect our wishes for privacy and to be left alone to grieve at this very difficult time.”
South Wales Police is continuing its appeal for witnesses.
In particular they would like to establish Tracey’s movements during the days leading up to the discovery of her body on Friday.
They would like anybody who saw Tracey since she was last seen by family at 12.45pm on Tuesday. In particular they want to hear from anyone who may have seen Tracey in the Skinny Dog public house, between 9pm and 11pm on 21 April.
Tracey is around 5ft 7 inches tall with shoulder length ginger hair. She was wearing a black cardigan at the time she was last seen.
South Wales Police has been given a further 36 hours to interview a man held on suspicion of the murder of Tracey Woodford.
The 47-year-old's dismembered body was discovered in a flat in Pontypridd on Friday where a 50-year-old man was arrested.
A post-mortem examination will take place later today.
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A local reverend in Pontypridd has told ITV News his thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tracey Woodford after her body was found dismembered at a property in the town.
Revd. Michael Gable, Area Dean of Pontypridd and local vicar said despite assurances from police, it is inevitable the community will be shaken by the news.
"It's a tragic situation. The community will be upset and concerned by this news. We send our thoughts and prayers to those involved"
Police have named the body of a woman found in a flat in Pontypridd as 47-year-old Tracey Woodford.
South Wales Police has also confirmed her body was found dismembered.
Her next of kin have been informed.
A 50 year-old man remains in police custody following arrest and is assisting police with enquiries.
The suspect’s address and other identified scenes are now subject to the police investigation.
Tracey was last seen leaving a pub in the town on Tuesday evening. She was found at a block of flats on Andrews Court in the Graig area of Pontypridd on Friday.
Police said Tracey's family is receiving support from specially trained officers.