THE trial of a man accused of the murder of a transgender woman, scheduled to start yesterday, has yet to begin.

Martin Saberi, who denies the murder of Amy Griffiths, appeared over videolink at Worcester Crown Court yesterday.

Amy Griffiths was discovered dead at her flat in Chalverton Court, Droitwich, on Monday, January 14 this year after suffering head and throat injuries. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

Saberi also denies wounding with intent against a second alleged victim, Charlotte Taylor, and possession of an offensive weapon (a knife) in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on January 11 this year.

The defendant, previously of Brackley Close, Wallington, Surrey, is not scheduled to appear at a further hearing later today. Yesterday involved legal arguments which cannot be reported.

No jury has yet been sworn. The defence has said they need a further pathology report before the case can proceed.

Judge Robert Juckes QC adjourned the trial after a discussion with counsel. He told the defendant: "The decision I have made is that the case will have to be put back."

A further hearing is scheduled to take place at 10.30am today.

"We will discuss how and where this case will be tried" said Judge Juckes. It has already been established the case can he heard in Worcester.

Rachel Brand QC prosecutes and Joe Stone QC defends. They are supported by junior counsel Siobhan Collins, for the prosecution, and Paul Prior, for the defence.