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Man to appear in court on teen girl bus stabbing

Published 15/03/2013 | 09:39

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Christina Edkins was stabbed on a bus in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham
Christina Edkins was stabbed on a bus in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham
Tributes are left for Christina Edkins who was fatally stabbed on a bus on her way to school on Hagley Road, Edgbaston. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 8, 2013. See PA story POLICE Passenger. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Tributes are left for Christina Edkins who was fatally stabbed on a bus on her way to school on Hagley Road, Edgbaston. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 8, 2013. See PA story POLICE Passenger. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Floral tribute left outside Leasowes High School, Halesowen after Christina Edkins 16, as stabbed to death on a bus during the morning rush hour
Police released a picture of the suspect, who was wearing a distinctive jacket with a picture of a tiger on the back

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of a teenage girl stabbed on a bus as she made her way to school.

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Christina Edkins, 16, died after she was stabbed once in the chest on the top deck of a bus in Birmingham, last Thursday.

 

Phillip Simelane, 22, will appear at Birmingham Crown Court at 9.45am.

 

West Midlands Police were given authority to charge Simelane by the Crown Prosecution Service on Tuesday.

 

He was formally charged at 9am today, after he was taken back into police custody from a secure unit where his mental state was being assessed by medical experts.

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