‘Loving mother’ stabbed to death: Man charged

Michael Marler, 37, appeared on crutches, wearing a body brace around his torso and over his grey tracksuit as he stood in the dock at the city’s magistrates’ court.

Marler, from Oldham, is accused of killing Danielle Richardson, 24, whose body was discovered at a flat in Ancoats in Manchester city centre early on Tuesday.

Police received reports a man had jumped from a second-storey flat window and onto the roof of a stationary black Hyundai, smashing the windows of several other cars as he fled the scene.

‘Loving mother’ stabbed to death: Man charged
‘Loving mother’ stabbed to death: Man charged

A number of people were also allegedly assaulted.

Officers were called at 7.40am on Tuesday and entered a flat in Swan Street, where they found the body of Ms Richardson.

She had suffered several stab wounds.

The incident took place in Swan Street
Image:The victim’s body was discovered in a flat in Swan Street, Manchester

Chair of the bench Terri Farrow remanded the defendant in custody for a first appearance at Manchester Crown Court next Tuesday.

Ms Richardson, from Oldham, was described by her family as a “loving and caring mother, sister, daughter and auntie”.

“She had a heart of gold and would help anyone who needed it,” they said in a tribute.

“She worked briefly as a carer in an elderly care home and she was much loved by many of the residents. There isn’t anyone that would have a bad word to say about Dannii.

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“It’s broken everyone’s hearts that she was taken from us so soon. We know she will be watching over us and will always be in our hearts.”

In addition to the murder of Ms Richardson, Marler has been charged with attempted robbery, assault and three counts of causing damage to motor vehicles.

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