Jade Riley-Ward murder: Trial adjourned until January

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The case of a man accused of murdering 30-year-old Somercotes woman Jade Riley-Ward has been adjourned until the new year.

Cornelius Brown, of Greenhill Lane, Riddings, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Monday) but the trial will start until 6th January so that further reports can be obtained.

At an earlier hearing at Nottingham Crown Court, Brown denied murdering Miss Riley-Ward at her home on Burke Drive on 22nd September last year.

She was found to have died from multiple stab wounds and shortly after her death Brown was arrested and charged with her murder.

Brown, who was wearing a dark, pin-stripe suit, did not speak during the short hearing on Monday. He has been remanded in custody until his trial.

The death of Miss Riley-Ward rocked the close-knit community with friends and relatives holding a two-hour vigil outside her home shortly after she died.

In a statement after her funeral, her family said: “Jade was a lovely, fun loving girl. She loved people and saw the good side in everyone she met.”