Remanded in custody

Mr White says he will not make an application for bail at this time, but suggests there may be one placed before a judge in chambers on a future date.

Judge Aubrey says there will be a further court hearing on May 10.

He formally indicates Mahoney will not be granted bail and will be remanded in custody.

A provisional trial date has been set for October 2, but this could be subject to change as the case progresses.

Mahoney will not be asked to enter pleas to the charge of murder until the next hearing.

He is led back down to the cells, and that concludes the hearing for today.

We will be back with further coverage on the date of the next hearing, thanks for following.

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Judge Aubrey says he will now sit as a Crown Court circuit judge and deal with the questions of bail.

Mr Jones says the CPS oppose bail. We are unable to report the grounds as to why at this time.

He outlines the facts in the case, according to the prosecution. Again we are unable to report these ahead of a potential trial.

Mr Jones says a post mortem revealed Ms Hull died as a result of “manual strangulation” and that a bone in her neck had been broken.

Mahoney in court

Mahoney has arrived in the dock, he begins to sob. He wears a checkered shirt and appears with short blonde hair and a light beard.

He asks to confirm his name and replies “Yes.”

Mr Jones rises and invites Judge Aubrey to formally send the case to the Crown Court.

No movement yet

Judge Aubrey deals with another case first, in which a jury are being sent to continue their deliberations.

Seems a bit of a confused picture at the moment, still no sign of the barristers in the Mahoney case.

Judge Aubrey will sit as a Magistrates’ Court district judge and formally send the case to the Crown Court, under new powers to speed up murder cases.

We seem to be close to getting underway. Derek Jones will prosecute for the CPS, while Peter White will represent Mahoney.

Morning

I am Jonathan Humphries, one of the Echo’s court reporters, and I’m in Liverpool Crown Court this morning for the first appearance of Mark Mahoney, accused of the murder of new mum Vikki Hull.

I am told the case is due to start in around 15 minutes, and we are just waiting to find out who the prosecution and defence counsel are.

His honour judge David Aubrey, QC, will preside over the hearing.


Mahoney, 31, of Hartington Road in Toxteth, is alleged to have strangled Miss Hull at her address in Heaton Close, Speke, on Sunday.

Man set to appear in court over murder of new mum

A man will appear at court this morning charged with the murder of new mum Vikki Louise Hull in Speke.

Mark Geoffrey Mahoney, 31, of Heaton Close in Speke, will appear at Merseyside Domestic Violence Remand Court in Derby Square.

He was arrested on Sunday after Vikki, a 29-year-old care assistant, was strangled to death and is currently being held in custody.

Paramedics and police were called to a house in Heaton Close after a report for concerns for a woman’s safety were made.

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

Tributes to Vikki, who worked as a care assistant at Speke Care Home, have been paid on social media.