A 25-YEAR-old Merseyside mum has appeared in court charged with murdering her partner.
Cherie Anne Cooper, of Briardale Road, Birkenhead, was at Wirral Magistrates Court yesterday charged in connection with the death of 37-year-old Darren Dempsey.
Cooper, represented by Laura Flynn, spoke only to confirm her name, age and address.
Police and paramedics were called to the couple’s house in Briardale Road at around 9.30pm on Friday night following reports that a man had been stabbed.
Mr Dempsey was taken to hospital with an injury to his chest but later died.
During the brief hearing at Wirral Magistrates Court in Birkenhead, chair of the bench Judith Parry remanded Cooper (pictured below) in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court.
On Sunday night friends of Mr Dempsey gathered at a Birkenhead park to release Chinese lanterns in his memory.
Tributes to Mr Dempsey, who once attended Woodchurch high school, have also appeared on Facebook.
They read: “Sorry To Everyone Who Knew Darren He Was Lovely And Didnt Deserve What Has Happened ? Rest In Peace Darren ?
“I have 2 precious gifts in life and u gave me my first 1 I will never forgot u XXXXXXX
Cooper, who is originally from New Brighton, has a young daughter from a previous relationship. On her Bebo site she claimed to support Everton FC.
Three ambulances arrived at the couple’s house on Friday night along with a number of police cars.
Officers knocked on neighbours’s doors to ask if they had heard anything.
The house remained cordoned off on Saturday morning as crime scene investigators got to work.
Bouquets of flowers were laid at the doorstep of the couple’s home along with several cards of condolence.
Cooper’s bail hearing will take place tomorrow and a preliminary hearing will be heard on September 7.