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Boy in court over woman's 'murder'

A 13-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with murdering a woman who died of a head injury.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged over the killing of 47-year-old Glynis Bensley in Smethwick, West Midlands.

Appearing at Sandwell Magistrates' Court today, the youth stood in the dock, flanked by security guards, speaking only to confirm his name and address.

Deputy district judge David Goodman remanded the teenager to secure youth accommodation to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court tomorrow, for a preliminary hearing.

Ms Bensley, from Smethwick, was found in Cheshire Road at about 11.50am, on September 3, and pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

West Midlands Police said a post mortem gave cause of death as a head injury.

A 14-year-old boy arrested last Thursday in connection with the incident remains on police bail, police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Sam Ridding, leading the murder inquiry, has appealed for the public's help in piecing together what happened.

She said: "We are working through all of the information we have received to date to determine Glynis' last movements and what led to her tragic death.

"Our thoughts remain with Glynis' family and friends who are obviously devastated by what has happened and specially trained officers are working with them at this time."

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