Bradford

Holmfirth murder charge man remanded by court

Marie Stewart
Image caption Post-mortem tests revealed Marie Stewart died from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma

The partner of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase has been remanded in custody charged with her murder.

Marie Stewart, 30, was found in the garage of the couple's home in Perseverance Place, Holmfirth, on Sunday night.

Andrew Lindo, 28, a music teacher, was told by Huddersfield magistrates that he would appear at Bradford Crown Court on Friday.

Miss Stewart's body was found with stab wounds and other injuries.

Mr Lindo spoke only to confirm his age and address when he appeared at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court.

He was formally charged with the murder of his partner at their home address some time between 17 December 2010 and 14 February 2011.

Police found Miss Stewart's body after they were contacted by relatives who were concerned because they had not seen her since Christmas.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Monday showed Miss Stewart's death was caused by multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma.

Carol Lawford, prosecuting, asked for the matter to be sent directly to crown court for the accused to appear on Friday before a judge.

Mr Lindo's solicitor, Colin Byrne, did not oppose the request.

Brian Castle, chairman of the bench, told the defendant he was to be remanded in custody overnight to appear at Bradford Crown Court on Friday morning at 1000 GMT.

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