West Midlands Police have confirmed that a murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man, over a month after being stabbed in a domestic incident at his Northfield home.

A section of Norrington Road was closed off as 71 year old Barry Wilkins was found with serious injuries just after 6pm on Sunday 24th November. He received emergency treatment for stab injuries to his stomach, back and shoulder and remained in hospital in a critical condition until his death on New Year’s Eve. 

On 26th November, Susan Hughes, 47 of Linley Grove, Kings Heath, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. After hearing claims that she stabbed Barry Wilkins seven times, she was remanded in custody to face the charges at Crown Court in March.

However, in light of the outcome of Mr Wilkins’ injuries, West Midlands Police have confirmed that the case is now being treated as murder and a forensic post-mortem will take place on 3rd January.

At the time of the incident, West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Simon Astle said: “This was an isolated incident and we understand the defendant and injured man were known to each other.”

B31 Voices offers sincere condolences to Mr Wilkins’ family and friends at this very difficult time.

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