A jealous boyfriend who killed his partner in a horrific Mothers' Day attack is likely to be remain in hospital until the new year.
Anthony Ross, who stabbed mum-of-two Melissa Liddle 41 times at their South Shields home after becoming convinced she was having an affair, is currently undergoing assessment at a psychiatric unit.
The 24-year-old killer is currently the subject of an interim hospital order, which Judge Paul Sloan QC has now extended until December 23.
When the case is back before the court on that day, a date for Ross to be formally sentenced, possibly in January, could be arranged.
Ross, of Oak Avenue, South Shields, who has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, did not attend the hearing in person.
Melissa's tragic death has left her grieving family devastated.
The 23-year-old's body was found in her bed after her worried family kicked in the door of her home when she failed to get in touch on Mothers' Day in March, which she had been looking forward to.
Her brother and stepfather made the tragic discovery, while her heartbroken mum listened on the phone.
Melissa left a five-year-old son and another who was just a few months old at the time of her death.