The uncle of an 11-year-old girl stabbed to death at her grandmother’s home shouted ‘I didn’t do it’ as he walked into court.
Delroy Forrester, 51, was arrested after Jasmine Forrester was found badly injured at the property at around 1am on Friday.
The schoolgirl was rushed to hospital with stab wounds and a serious head injury but she later died with her family by her side.
Forrester appeared before Walsall Magistrates’ Court yesterday after being charged with murder on Saturday.
Family members sobbed and comforted each other in the dock throughout the three minute hearing, where he spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
Chairman of the bench Colin Herbert adjourned the case and told Forrester: ‘This case will to be moved to Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.’
He will next appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on February 14.
On Friday neighbours told how they saw the child’s grandmother Victoria Forrester, 79, wearing just her dressing gown knocking on doors and begging for help.
Forrester, who lived a mile away from the scene, was arrested at the semi-detached property and charged with murder on Saturday.
Jasmine’s father Simeon Forrester said at the weekend: ‘This is a hugely tragic time for our family and the loss we feel is unexplainable. We are utterly devastated.’
He also left a floral tribute at the semi-detached house which said: ‘My shining star.
‘Things will never be the same, my heart is broken. I will never forget you Jasmine love, Dad. I will always love you!’
Detective Inspector Ian Wilkins, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘We are continuing to support Jasmine’s family at this truly tragic time.
‘The family have asked for privacy and we really hope everyone can respect that wish.
‘We are not seeking anyone else in relation to this incident, but if anyone has information please get in contact with us.’