A WOMAN accused of the Mother’s Day murder of Bolton schoolgirl Emily Jones has appeared in court again.

Appearing via a video link at Manchester Crown Court Eltiona Skana, aged 30, of Ernest Street, Bolton, had been expected to enter a plea or her fitness to plead decided, at today's hearing.

However, during a 10 minute hearing before Mr Justice Henshaw, there were concerns that Skana did not comprehend what was happening and so the proceedings were adjourned until November 6.

"We are concerned that the defendant does not fully understand what is happening and ask that arraignment does not happen today," said Simon Czoka QC, defending.

Further psychiatric examination will take place and reports prepared before the next hearing.

Emily was playing on her scooter in Queens Park, Heaton, on March 22 when she suffered stab injuries and died a short time later.

Her father, Mark Jones was present for today's court appearance as he was for the preliminary hearing in May.

Skana, with her hair in a bun and wearing a white sweater and gillet, did not speak during the proceedings. Her trial is still listed to take place at Manchester Crown Court on November 23.

In the meantime Skana, whose nationality is listed as Albanian, was remanded to Rampton Hall secure hospital in Nottinghamshire, where she is was detained under the mental health act

Following Emily’s death, her heartbroken mother launched an appeal in her memory, “A legacy for Emily Jones, to help others” to raise money for Bolton Lads and Girls Club.

Emily’s parents said that they wanted to help children who do not have the opportunities and support Emily enjoyed during her short life.

The club helps young people across the borough, and Ms Barnes said her “kind and thoughtful” daughter would have loved to help other children.

So far it has raised almost £23,000 through the site at www.gofundme.com/f/a-legacy-for-emily-jones-to-help-others