A man has appeared at Stafford Crown Court charged with the murder of a Newcastle teenager.
Thomas Dalton, aged 19, of Attwood Street in Kidsgrove, is charged with the murder of Samantha Laney, also aged 19, at an address in Kentmere Place, Newcastle, on Tuesday 21 February.
Dalton has been remanded in custody to appear at the same court on May 8.
A Home Office post-mortem examination has revealed Samantha’s cause of death was a single stab wound.
A mandatory referral was made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following previous police contact with the victim.
The IPCC has now asked Staffordshire Police to carry out a supervised investigation.