A man arrested in the West Midlands accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death has had his trial date set.

Ricardo Morrison, 21, is charged with murdering Amy Barnes, 19, in her home in Farnworth, Bolton.

Morrison, of no fixed address, appeared in a preliminary hearing via videolink in Manchester Crown Court and was remanded in custody.

Police officer Melda Wilks, 49, Morrison's mother, is charged with assisting an offender and was present in the dock.

Both will enter formal pleas during their next scheduled court appearance together on March 26.

A trial expected to last three weeks has been listed for April 22.

Wilks, an officer with West Midlands Police, who lives in Hollyhill Road, Rubery, had her conditional bail renewed.

She is accused of allowing forensic evidence in the case to be destroyed.

Miss Barnes, who worked as a model, was attacked in her home in Moss Street on the morning of November 8 last year. She died in hospital a few hours later.

Morrison was arrested by police in the West Midlands area and his mother was arrested shortly afterwards.