AN OXFORD man has appeared in court accused of murdering his wife.

Fatos Xheta, who was charged with murder after the death of Safie Xheta, stood before a judge at Oxford Crown Court today.

The court heard that the victim of the alleged murder is Xheta's wife, who died at a property in Lytton Road in Florence Park 'on or around' June 16.

The defendant spoke via an Albanian translator to confirm his identity, but did not enter a plea.

A trial start date has been set for December 2, and he will be brought back before the court on August 29 to be read the indictment.

Barristers said they expected the trial would last for about two weeks.

Judge Ian Pringle remanded Xheta in custody prior to his next court appearance.

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His wife, aged 35, was found deceased in a property on the road at about 5am on Monday, June 17.

A police cordon and forensic tent were set up outside as officers investigated that day, and a large police presence remained in the area for much of the week to reassure the community.

A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of the woman's death was knife injuries to the neck.

Neighbours expressed their shock and sadness about the incident in the immediate aftermath, describing the area as having a strong family-friendly community.

Police had previously described the woman's death as an 'isolated incident.'

The cordon was in place around a house on the junction with Florence Park Road, near The Jolly Postboys pub.