Trial date set for man accused of murdering Sowerby woman

Police have launched a murder investifation after a woman was fatally stabbed at a house on Rooley Heights, Sowerby
Police have launched a murder investifation after a woman was fatally stabbed at a house on Rooley Heights, Sowerby
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A 44-year-old man accused of murdering a woman at her West Yorkshire home last month has made his first appearance before a crown court judge this morning (Wednesday).

Malcolm Cromie was charged earlier this week with the murder of 42-year-old Mahala Rhodes at her home in Rooley Heights, Sowerby, on May 6.

Cromie, who is remanded in custody, appeared before Calderdale magistrates on Monday and today he was brought from prison for a hearing before the Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC at Bradford Crown Court.

During the 10-minute hearing Cromie was told that a trial date had been fixed for December 14, but his next appearance before the crown court would be on August 14 when he would be asked whether he was guilty or not guilty of murder.

When police arrived at the house last month they found Miss Rhodes with a fatal stab wound.

Cromie, also of Rooley Heights, was arrested at the scene and detained in hospital where he received treatment for stab wounds.

After he was discharged from hospital on Sunday Cromie was questioned by detectives and charged with murder.

Cromie’s lawyer Kara Frith told the judge that there was no application for bail on behalf of her client and Judge Thomas told the defendant he would be back at court in August for his plea and case management hearing.