Friday 19 January 2018

Man faces court accused of murdering teenage schoolgirl on bus

Christina Edkins was stabbed on a bus in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham last Thursday
Christina Edkins was stabbed on a bus in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham last Thursday
Police at the scene of the stabbing in Edgbaston
Tributes left for Christina Edkins on Hagley Road, Edgbaston

Richard Vernalls

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.

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 this morning.

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.

Press Association

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