Relatives fill courtroom as uncle back in dock over Jasmine Forrester murder

By Richard Guttridge | Wolverhampton | Crime | Published:

Family and friends of stab victim Jasmine Forrester packed into a courtroom as her uncle appeared accused of her murder.

Delroy Forrester, left, is charged with the murder of his 11-year-old niece Jasmine, right

Delroy Forrester, aged 51, of Lower Villiers Street, Blakenhall, spoke only to confirm his name when he appeared in the dock at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

He is accused of murdering his 11-year-old niece Jasmine at a house in Kent Road, Wolverhampton, on Friday.

He appeared for a short hearing, wearing a black fleece over a grey t-shirt and trousers.

A plea and trial preparation hearing has been fixed for April 3 and a provisional trial date set for August 13.

Forrester has been remanded in custody until his next court date on April 3.

Jasmine was found with serious injuries at the address and taken to hospital, but could not be saved.

Her father Simeon, who was in court, had earlier paid tribute to his daughter.

He said: "This is a hugely tragic time for the family and the loss we feel is inexplicable.

"We are utterly devastated. Jasmine was a shining star and was a huge part of us."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.

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