A FORMER sports coach at a top county public school is set to face trial after being charged with murder. 

Mohammed Samak, of Chestnut Spinney, Droitwich Spa, is charged with killing Joanne Samak after an incident in Chestnut Spinney, Droitwich, on July 1.

The 42-year-old, who used to work as a coach at Malvern College, has been ordered to face trial in November.

Samak, who is being held at HMP Hewell, was remanded in custody until a plea hearing at Worcester Crown Court on August 2.

A two-week trial is due to start at the same court on November 4.

Police arrested the former Egyptian hockey international player after Joanne Samak was found at her address with what they described as unsurvivable injuries at 4.10am on July 1.

In a tribute issued last week, Ms Samak's family described her as “a loving, sensitive and generous person” who was looking forward to so much in her life.

The 49-year-old mother has been described as being a "sensitive and generous person." 

Her family said: “Jo was a loving, sensitive, and generous person.

"She was hardworking and talented. She looked forward to so much in her life.

“We are so thankful for Jo and have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and tributes from all who knew her.

"Jo, you are so loved by all your family and friends.

"Words fail us.

"We will continue to love and miss you forever.”

Samak appeared in court at 10am today (Monday).