Man accused of murdering 71-year-old woman in West Ashby appears in court

71-year-old Christine Emmerson Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A man accused of murdering a 71-year-old woman has appeared in court.

Shaun Emmerson is charged with murdering Christine Emmerson at a property in Lincolnshire on Thursday.

Ms Emmerson was found dead at a property in Kirk Close, West Ashby, with stab wounds, Lincolnshire Police said.

In a short hearing on Tuesday at Lincoln Crown Court, sitting at the city's magistrates' court, Emmerson, 50, was told he will enter a plea to a single charge of murder on October 20 and face trial in February next year.

Adjourning proceedings, Judge Simon Hirst said:

"You will be back at court on October 20.

"On October 20, you will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty.

"If there is to be a trial in this case, then it will take place on February 12 of next year."

Appearing in an all-grey prison tracksuit and flanked by a dock officer, Emmerson spoke only to confirm his identity and date of birth.

The defendant, also of Kirk Close, West Ashby, was remanded in custody.