A businessman appeared in court today charged with murdering his wife just minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve.
David Clark, 49, is accused of killing mum-of-three Melanie, 44, who was found with knife wounds.
Police were called to the couple’s £200,000 three-bedroom semi-detached home in Cloverdale, Bromsgrove, Worcs., at 11.52pm on Sunday (31/12).
Mrs Clark, an office worker originally from South Africa who moved to the UK seven years ago, was declared dead at 12.12am on Monday (1/1).
Clark, whose birthday was on New Year’s Day, was arrested in his pyjamas at the scene.
Mrs Clark’s two sons, Sheldon Heppell, 22, and Slade, 19, arrived home from a New Year’s party in a taxi at around 1am where they learned of their mother’s death.
Clark, of Bromsgrove, Worcs., appeared at Worcester Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tue) charged with murder.
Wearing a grey sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms, Clark spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the two-minute hearing.
He was remanded into custody and will appear before Worcester Crown Court on either Wednesday (3/1) or Thursday (4/1).
Chairwoman of the bench Michelle Edwards said: “Mr Clark, you have heard what has been said.
“You are now remanded in custody to appear before Worcester Crown Court that will take place before January 4.”
Sam Lansdale, defending, made no representations.