A man charged with murder in Helston is to stand trial next year.

Cameron Dancey-Stevenson, aged 25, from Helston, has been charged with murder as part of an investigation into the death of a woman at a property in Helston almost six months ago.

It is after police were called to the address in Meneage Road on May 25 this year, where 62-year-old Alison Stevenson was confirmed deceased at the scene.

Dancey-Stevenson appeared at Truro Crown Court this afternoon (Friday) via video link from Langdon Hospital, a secure mental health hospital near Dawlish.

At this hearing a trial date was fixed, to begin on May 3 next year, with the judge, Recorder Robert Linford, saying: "I cannot currently envisage any circumstances in which that trial date will move."

The prosecutor said there would be "complex forensic scientific evidence" to be heard at the trial, which would require some explanation to the jury, and as such he expected the trial to last for three weeks.

Before the trial, however, a plea and trial preparation hearing will take place on January 7.

The defendant has been remanded in custody until that time, within his current location in hospital.

Dancey-Stevenson initially appeared before Truro Magistrates Court this morning, again via video link.

The charge was read out to the 25-year-old, but due to the serious nature of the allegation it can only be heard by the crown court and no plea was given.

A major police investigation has been carried out since the death was discovered early on a Tuesday morning in May.

Undercover police officers arrested a man in a residential area near the church in Helston in the days afterwards, but until this point nobody has been charged in connection with the incident.