A 30-year-old man has appeared in court accused of murdering a travel agent, from Alnwick, at her workplace in Merseyside.
Cassie Hayes, 28, died in hospital from a wound to her throat inflicted on Saturday afternoon at the TUI branch in Southport town centre, where she was assistant manager.
Andrew Burke, of Vincent Street, St Helens, appeared before a domestic violence court at Liverpool this morning, charged with murder and possessing an offensive weapon - a black-handled knife - in a public place.
Burke, wearing a grey T-shirt and with facial hair and tattoos showing on his left arm, spoke to confirm his name, age and address.
Half-a-dozen members of Ms Hayes' family were in court for the short hearing.
No bail application was made and Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC remanded Burke in custody until Monday, February 19, when he is expected to enter a plea. A provisional trial date was set for Monday, July 2.
A post-mortem examination yesterday showed Ms Hayes' cause of death was shock and haemorrhaging as a result of the wound.