A Wigan man accused of stabbing a mother to death will stand trial next year.
Dana Abdullah, 35, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of mother-of-four Avan Najmadeen.
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The 32-year-old was found at her home on Glebedale Road, in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, at around 5pm on Monday last week.
She died as a result of multiple stab wounds.
Abdullah did not enter a plea when he appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday.
A pre-trial preparation hearing was scheduled for December 11, ahead of a trial starting on February 4.
He was remanded in custody until the next hearing.
Staffordshire Police are continuing to investigate what happened.