A man accused of murdering a “loving and devoted” mother could stand trial next spring.

Obert Moyo, 45, was arrested after the death of 35-year-old Perseverance Ncube in Little Hulton on Friday November 10.

A brief preliminary hearing was held before the Honorary Recorder for Manchester Judge Nicholas Dean KC this week.

 Moyo has yet to enter a plea in the crown court.

The Bolton News: The case was heard at Manchester Crown CourtThe case was heard at Manchester Crown Court (Image: Newsquest)

Judge Dean said: “All I will say for the moment is that the stage one date is December 13, there will be a plea and trial preparation hearing.

“It is likely that this will not be effective as such because arraignment may not be possible.”

Prosecutor Andrew Macintosh told Manchester Crown Court that Moyo, who did not appear at the hearing, is currently on remand. Hayley Bennett, was defending.

Judge Dean said that the estimated length of the impending trial is set for 10 days but this can be “discussed further” later.

Ms Ncubi was found with serious injuries after police were called to Dukesgate Grove in Little Hulton at around 2.40am on Friday November 10.

She died after being taken to hospital.

Moyo, of Penning Road, Great Lever, was arrested and charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

A tribute from Ms Ncube’s family released last Friday, described how the 35-year-old mother was well known as an active member of her local church.

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They said: said: “It is with immense pain that we say goodbye to Perseverance Ncube, also known as Percy to her loved ones.

“She was a loving and devoted mother who lived for her children, family, and friends.

They added: “Percy had just celebrated her 35th birthday in October, and her passing has left us with an immeasurable sense of loss.

“Our focus now is on supporting her children as they continue their journey without their mother.

“With love from Percy’s family.”

The trial is currently set to start on April 29 next year.