A MAN accused of murdering his wife by strangling her has made his first appearance before a crown court judge.

Dawn Robertson was found unresponsive inside a house in Cannon Street in Clock Face on Wednesday last week, November 15.

Paramedics attended but the 62-year-old's death was confirmed.

Stuart Robertson, of the same address, was charged with the murder of Mrs Robertson.

Robertson, 68, who appeared before magistrates last Friday, accessed this morning’s hearing at Liverpool Crown Court by video link.

During the proceedings, before the Recorder of Liverpool, judge Andrew Menary KC, Robertson confirmed his name and date of birth.

His defence barrister Lloyd Morgan did not make an application for bail. Judge Menary remanded Roberston back into custody.

The judge said that the "allegation is this defendant violently killed his wife by strangling her”.

The judge said given the “nature” of the case, he was refusing bail.

A date was set for a plea and trial preparation hearing at the Crown Court for February 7, 2024.

A date has been earmarked for a possible trial for May 7, which would be expected to last between five and seven days.

Judge Menary said to the defendant: “The next hearing is a plea and trial preparation hearing on February 7.

“On that date you will be required to indicate by entering your plea to the indictment in this matter.”

Following Mrs Robertson's death, Detective Chief Inspector Allison Woods, said: “Our thoughts first and foremost are with the woman’s family following this tragic incident.

“If you witnessed this incident or heard anything suspicious, then please get in touch with us so we can continue our inquiries.”