A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a “loving and devoted” mother.

Bolton man Obert Moyo was arrested in November this year after the death of 35-year-old Perseverance Ncube at her home in Little Hulton.

Dressed in a red tabard and grey jumper, 45-year-old Moyo looked on via video link from prison as his case was discussed before the Honorary Recorder of Manchester Judge Nicholas Dean KC.

Addressing the defendant directly, Judge Dean said: “I know you have been listening carefully to what has been said.”

He added: “Your lawyers are going to talk to you carefully over the next few weeks about what happened and what you say happened that led you to be charged with murder.”

The Bolton News: The hearing took place at Manchester Crown CourtThe hearing took place at Manchester Crown Court (Image: Newsquest)

Moyo, of Pennington Road, Great Lever, has yet to enter a plea before the court.

Prosecutor Francis Fitzgibbon KC and Vanessa Thompson, defending, agreed that Moyo will be brought back before the court to continue the case in the new year.

Ms Ncubi, a well-known active member of her local church, 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 in hospital shortly afterwards and an inquest that opened soon afterwards heard how she had died of a stab wound to the chest.

Moyo was arrested and charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon shortly afterwards and has been on remand in prison since then.

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A tribute to Ms Ncube released by her family 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.”

Moyo will next be brought before the court on Friday, February 23 next year.

The trial is expected to start on Monday, April 29.