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Stratford estate agent in court on murder charge

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Forensics officers at the scene.
Forensics officers at the scene.

A Stratford estate agent charged with murder has appeared at Worcester Crown Court after his wife was stabbed to death at their home on New Year's Day.

David Clark of Cloverdale, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove appeared at before judge Robert Juckes QC today (Thursday).

The 49-year-old is accused of killing 44-year-old mother-of-two Melanie Clark after she suffered a suspected knife injury on New Year's Eve and was pronounced dead at 12.12am on New Year's Day.

Clark did not speak at the short hearing, appearing in the dock of court one wearing a grey sweater and trousers and flanked by two dock officers. Nobody attended in the public gallery which is above the dock.

Michael Conry, prosecuting, described it as a 'domestic murder' and said it involved a stab wound.

The court appearance was devoted to establishing a timetable to a pre-trial preparation hearing but Clark, who was represented by Jason Aris, did not enter a plea.

The preliminary case must be served by the prosecution by February 15th with the pre-trial preparation hearing scheduled for March 1st.

The trial date will be reserved for June although no specific date was set down.

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