A TEENAGER accused of murdering a young mother found dying in the street with her hand cut off appeared in court today.

Sher Singh, of Wren Avenue, Southall, stood in the dock in Ealing Magistrates' Court looking bewildered and slightly scared in a navy blue and white checked shirt.

Listening to his Punjabi interpreter, he spoke only once, murmuring that he understood he was to be remanded in custody.

Chairman of the bench Jefferey Bomm, at the court in Green Man Lane, West Ealing, told him he is to appear at the Old Bailey on March 1.

The 18-year-old student, who only arrived in the UK in July, will face a charge of murdering 28-year-old Geeta Aulakh in Braund Avenue, Greenford, on November 16.

She was discovered by a passer-by with her right hand cut off and suffering from serious head wounds.

She died of the head injuries about four hours later, at about 11.20pm, in Charing cross Hospital.

Eleven other men arrested in connection with the killing, including Mrs Aulakh's husband, have been released on bail.