A man accused of killing his 11-year-old niece has appeared in court.
Delroy Forrester spoke only to confirm his name during a 10-minute preliminary hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday, which was attended by more than 20 of the schoolgirl’s family.
Jasmine Forrester died in hospital after police were called to a house in Wolverhampton shortly before 1am last Friday, with a neighbour having heard a disturbance.
Jasmine was rushed to hospital but died of head injuries.
A woman in her 80s also suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder during the incident in Kent Road, and Jasmine’s 51-year-old uncle received hospital treatment for a cut hand, which was covered by a white bandage in court.
He was remanded in custody to appear again on 3 April to enter a plea to his murder charge, with a trial dated for 13 August.
Jasmine’s father Simeon Forrester, who was among the family members in court, paid tribute to his daughter at the weekend.
He said: “This is a hugely tragic time for our family and the loss we feel is unexplainable. We are utterly devastated. Jasmine was a shining star and a huge part of us.”
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