A young father accused of stabbing his brother to death appeared before a crown court judge today (Friday).
Brandon Lavender, aged 18, entered no plea to one count of murder when he appeared before Judge Johanna Cutts QC via prison video link.
The teenager was accused of murdering his brother Daniel Lavender after he died in hospital following a breakfast-time fracas in their mother’s home in a quiet cul-de-sac.
He stared at the floor and clasped his hands together as barristers agreed to set a date for a potential four-day murder trial at Reading Crown Court on June 12.
Six people were sat in the public gallery as he was remanded in custody and the case was adjourned for Lavender to enter a plea to the charge on April 21.
Officers were called to Brompton Close in Aylesbury, at around 10.50am on January 16 to reports a man had been stabbed. Daniel Lavender was found with wounds to his abdomen and was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he later died.
Lavender, who was originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, was charged with one count of murder and detectives were granted extra time to question the teenager in custody.
Brandon Lavender was re-arrested on suspicion of the killing when Daniel lost his fight for life in hospital. A post-mortem examination found he died of complications to the wound.
Lavender first appeared in court three days after the killing when he was remanded in custody at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court to appear before a crown court judge.