The man accused of murdering new-mum Vikki Hull sobbed in the dock at his first court hearing today.

Care assistant Miss Hull, 29, was strangled at her home in Heaton Close, Speke, in the early hours of Sunday (April 9).

Detectives arrested 31-year-old Mark Mahoney, of Hartington Road, Toxteth, later that day and charged him with murder last night.

Vikki Louise Hull
Vikki Louise Hull

Mahoney appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today and began to sob as he was led into the dock.

He only spoke to confirm his identity and was not asked to enter pleas.

Derek Jones, prosecuting, told the court a post-mortem revealed the cause of Miss Hull鈥檚 death as 鈥渕anual strangulation,?and said a bone in her neck was found to be broken.

The victim, understood to have recently given birth to a baby daughter, was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 4.14am.

Peter White, representing Mahoney, did not apply for bail but said an application may be made in the future, before a judge in chambers.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, did not grant bail and remanded Mahoney in custody, ahead of a Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing on May 10.

A provisional trial date has been set for October 2, with an estimated length not yet fixed.