An inquest has opened into the death of a 35-year-old woman who suffered a “stab wound to the chest".

Perseverance Ncube died after an incident at her home in Little Hulton on November 10, while 45-year-old Bolton man Obert Moyo has been arrested and charged with her murder.

A brief hearing before Professor Dr Alan Walsh at Bolton Coroners' Court last week heard how the case is set to be brought before the crown court.

Prof Dr Walsh said: “I understand somebody has been charged with an offence relating to the death of Ms Ncube.”

He added: “We will suspend the proceedings in view of the crown court proceedings which will take precedence.”

The Bolton News: The inquest opened at Bolton Coroners CourtThe inquest opened at Bolton Coroners Court

The court heard from police coroners officer Robert Stuttman how Ms Ncube, a financial adviser originally from Zimbabwe, died after an incident that began at her home on Dukesgate Grove, Little Hulton.

Ms Ncube was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital where she was declared dead on November 10.

A postmortem examination carried out by Dr Jamie Robinson gave her cause of death as a “stab wound to the chest".

Prof Dr Walsh ruled that the case will next come before the coroners court for a review towards the end of this year

Moyo, of Pennington Road, Great Lever, is currently on remand having been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

A separate brief hearing at Manchester Crown Court before the Honorary Recorder for Manchester Judge Nicholas Dean KC heard how he is yet to enter a plea.

But a trial is currently set for April 29 next year.

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A tribute from Ms Ncube’s family issued after her death said: “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 case will next be brought before Bolton Coroners' Court for a review on Friday December 15 this year.