Birmingham & Black Country

Man in court over fatal Stourbridge stabbings

Aaron Barley - artist's impression
Image caption Aaron Barley appeared at Birmingham Crown Court and was remanded in custody

A man has appeared in court charged with the murders of a mother and son in the West Midlands.

Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and son Pierce, 13, were stabbed at home in Greyhound Lane in Stourbridge on Thursday.

Aaron Barley, 23, of no fixed address, is also accused of the attempted murder of Pierce's father, Peter Wilkinson, who remains in hospital.

Mr Barley appeared at Birmingham Crown Court and was remanded in custody. No application was made for bail.

The court was told a trial would take place in the autumn and last up to two weeks.

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Image caption Peter Wilkinson pictured with Pierce and his sister, Lydia Wilkinson, who laid flowers at the family home on Sunday

Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Wilkinson and sister of Pierce, visited the family home on Sunday to see floral tributes.

The 18-year-old student, who was at university at the time of the attack, said in a statement the family was devastated by their loss, adding her mother and brother were "extremely loved" by everyone.

She said Pierce was "a fun-loving and friendly, happy boy" and Mrs Wilkinson was "loving, caring and a wonderful mother and daughter".

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