A woman remanded in custody in connection with a Worcester murder case has had her bail application adjourned.

Sarah Martin, aged 26, of Rodborough Drive, Warndon, is accused of perverting the course of justice.

Her brother Daniel Martin, 23, of Canterbury Road, Ronkswood, is charged with the murder of Andrew Heath, 52, who died in a suspected arson attack at his flat in Chedworth Close, Warndon, on December 24 last year.

Defence barrister Martin Liddiard, for Sarah Martin, told Worcester Crown Court that she had been on bail for 10 months before being remanded in custody earlier this month.

He said she had three children and her partner Matthew Davies, 28, also of Rodborough Drive and charged with perverting the course of justice, was also in custody on remand.

Mr Liddiard argued that Sarah Martin, who had not been brought to court, should be granted bail since the murder trial was not due to take place until May or June next year.

He said a major prosecution witness had moved away from Worcester and he put forward an address in Tenbury Wells where his client could live.

Judge Patrick Thomas QC said he had to make an important decision which should not be rushed. He asked the prosecution to supply him with a case summary. The bail application was adjourned until next Tuesday.

Also in custody is Daniel Martin’s mother, Teresa Martin, 44, of Rodborough Close, Warndon, who is also charged with perverting the course of justice.