Wednesday, 10 August 2016


The body of Nova Welsh, who had two children, was found in a utility cupboard at a block of flats in 1981.

Nova Welsh was killed nearly 35-years-ago. Pic: West Midlands Police
Nova Welsh was killed 35 years ago. Pic: West Midlands Police
A man has appeared in court accused of murdering a 24-year-old woman in Birmingham 35 years ago.
Nova Welsh's body was found in a utility cupboard at a block of flats in Lighthorne Avenue in Ladywood on 18 August, 1981.
A post-mortem examination revealed the mother-of-two had been strangled.
Osmond Bell, of Regent Road, Handsworth, was charged with her murder following a "cold case" inquiry by West Midlands Police.
The 59-year-old appeared in the dock at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, accused of carrying out the killing on a day between 25 July and 19 August, 1981.
He was remanded in custody until a crown court hearing on Friday.