A Mansfield man charged with attacking a woman who later died will have to wait at least another three months to learn his fate.
David Dunstan of Redgate Close appeared in court this morning for a preliminary hearing, but the case was put back until December.
The 41-year-old was arrested and charged with GBH following an incident on Linden Street, Shirebrook, in August which left Carolyn Hyatt in a critical condition at Nottingham City Hospital.
Miss Hyatt, 43, also of Redclose Close, Mansfield, died three weeks later.
Remanded in custody, Dunstan appeared before Derby Crown Court to determine whether the charges against him should be amended.
Speaking for the prosecution, Shaun Smith QC, told the court that a second postmortem on Miss Hyatt was pending and a neuropathological examination was required, which could take a further 16 weeks.
Mr Smith said: “The alleged victim of the assault has now unfortunately passed away.
“The Crown Prosecution Service are unable to make a decision whether further charges will be necessary.”
Judge John Burgess told Mr Smith, and Dunstan’s defence barrister, Quentin Robbins, that if more serious charges are brought against the defendant, the case would be heard at Nottingham Crown Court.
Dunstan is now set to re-appear at the Derby court for a further preliminary hearing on December 10.
Dressed in prison-issue grey sweatshirt and blue tracksuit bottoms, he thanked the judge from the dock before being handcuffed and led away by a prison guard.