Briton to be tried for killing of Indian-origin woman

London, Oct 15 (IANS) A man accused of strangling an Indian-origin woman to death in London was charged with murder and will stand trial in February, a media report said.

Miles Donnelly, 34, allegedly stabbed and strangled 44-year-old Usha Patel at her home in Melrose Avenue, Cricklewood, on October 8, Evening Standard newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Donnelly made his first appearance on Wednesday at the Old Bailey Court, London via video link from Wormwood Scrubs Prison and confirmed his identity.

He has been remanded in custody until a plea and case management hearing on January 4 and a two-week trial has been fixed for February 17.

Patel was found dead in her flat where she used to live with her five-year-old autistic son.

Police said that she had been talking online to Donnelly and had arranged to meet him.

Police were called to Patel’s flat when a neighbour reported her door slightly ajar.

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