Man accused of killing partner in Mother’s Day murder to be assessed by psychiatrists

Melissa Liddle
Melissa Liddle

A MAN accused of murdering his girlfriend on Mothers’ Day is to be assessed by psychiatrists.

Anthony Ross refused to confirm his name when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, via video link to HMP Durham, over the killing of Melissa Liddle.

The 23-year-old mother of two was found dead at the home they shared at Oak Avenue, South Shields, on Sunday.

Ross, 24, was not asked to enter a plea to the murder charge he faces.

His barrister Toby Hedworth Qc told the court two psychiatrists and a psychologist have been instructed in the case.

A plea hearing will be held on June 4 and a trial could take place in September.

Judge Paul Sloan Qc adjourned the case and told Ross he was remanded in custody.