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Mother and son murder accused remanded in custody


Court artist sketch of Aaron Barley (right) in the dock yesterday

Court artist sketch of Aaron Barley (right) in the dock yesterday


Court artist sketch of Aaron Barley (right) in the dock yesterday

The alleged killer of a mother and her 13-year-old son has been remanded back into custody after appearing before a Crown Court judge.

Aaron Barley is accused of murdering Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson at their home in Stourbridge in the West Midlands. The defendant, wearing a grey round-necked T-shirt and dark trousers, made a seven-minute appearance at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday.

The accused sat near a lone female security officer for part of the hearing before a second officer also entered the glass-fronted dock.

The 23-year-old had been remanded in custody at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

No bail application was made at yesterday's hearing and Barley, of no fixed address, was told he would reappear at the Crown Court at a later date. He was not asked to enter any pleas.

The defendant is charged with the murders of Mrs Wilkinson and her son and faces a further allegation of attempting to murder the boy's 47-year-old father, Peter, at the victims' home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge.

Mrs Wilkinson, aged 50, was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering stab injuries, while her son passed away after being taken to hospital.

Mr Wilkinson suffered wounds to his chest and back and remains seriously ill in hospital after being found injured at about 8am on Thursday, March 30.

The couple's daughter, Lydia, aged 18, visited the family home on Sunday to lay flowers outside the property.

Miss Wilkinson, a student at Bristol University, also issued a statement paying tribute to her mother and brother. The statement read: "Our family are devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce.

"They were extremely loved by all of their family and friends.

"Pierce was a fun-loving, friendly and happy boy who loved computer games and made everyone smile.

"Tracey was loving, caring and a wonderful mother and daughter. Always putting others before herself."

Belfast Telegraph