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A 50-year-old man accused of murdering Tracey Woodford will be assessed by psychiatrists.
Christopher May was charged by police on Sunday, after the 47-year-old’s dismembered body was found in a flat in Pontypridd on Friday.
May appeared via video link at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday morning and spoke only to confirm his name.
The court heard how the 50-year-old will undergo psychological assessment and that a trial is likely to start in October.
Meanwhile police are continuing their appeal for witnesses.
Officers are trying to work out Tracey’s movements during the days leading up to the discovery of her body.
She was last seen by her family at 12.45pm on Tuesday 24th April, but was at the Skinny Dog pub in the town centre that night.
Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, who is leading the police investigation, said:
“I would like anybody who hasn’t already come forward to get in touch. I am keen to establish Tracey’s movements over the past week.
“We have received significant support from the public who have no doubt been traumatised by what has unfolded. I would like to thank them for this support and assure them that we are doing everything we possibly can to find out exactly what happened to Tracey.
Anyone with information can contact the incident room by calling 101 and quoting reference *140670 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.