Husband to stand trial over murder of NHS nurse stabbed to death in street

A man accused of stabbing his NHS nurse wife to death on the street will go on trial later this year.

Mum-of-three Victoria Woodhall, 31, who was working on the coronavirus frontline, was attacked outside her home in Windsor Crescent in the Middlecliffe area of Barnsley just before 5pm on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the property but the health worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ex-army soldier Craig Woodhall, 40, appeared via video-link at Sheffield Crown Court for a 10-minute hearing on Thursday.

A further hearing has been fixed for May 4 and a trial date has been provisionally set for 28 September. There was no application for bail.

Woodhall, who was remanded in custody, was told his provisional trial date may have to be amended in the future due to the ‘national medical emergency’.

Recorder of Sheffield Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, who appeared in court, said: ‘All being well, it will proceed on that date but we live in slightly uncertain times and I cannot make any guarantees at this time.’

South Yorkshire Police said a post-mortem examination concluded Mrs Woodhall died from multiple stab wounds.

Tributes were made to the ‘cherished’ operating department practitioner at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust after her death at the weekend.

Ex-husband Gareth Cowley, 33, said their daughter was due to celebrate her 13th birthday with her mum.

He said: ‘My daughter is in absolute bits. She was an amazing and loving mum to our daughter. I always had the utmost respect for her.’

Angela Wood, chief nurse at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘She was a cherished and much-loved colleague working in our operating theatres.’