A YOUNG woman whose death sparked a murder investigation in Southampton died after suffering several stab wounds, it has been revealed.

The inquest has opened into the death Cristina Ortiz-Lozano at her city home.

The 28-year-old suffered several knife wounds at a house in Spear Road, Portswood, and died on September 22, the hearing was told.

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A post mortem revealed that she had suffered injuries to her neck, chest and stomach.

Assistant area coroner Sam Marsh said: "Christina was discovered with stab wounds that were not self-inflicted."

Her body was identified by her mother Antonio Lozano-Molina on September 24 in the mortuary at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.

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Home Office pathologist Russell Delaney conducted a post-mortem and said the cause of death of Ms Ortiz-Lozano was "multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen, but pending the results of laboratory investigations."

Ms Marsh adjourned the hearing in Winchester until February 21.

Meanwhile, a man accused of the murder has appeared at crown court.

Abdelaziz El Yechioui Ourzat, 29, was charged with the murder of 28-year-old Cristina Ortiz-Lozano.

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This came after Ms Ortiz-Lozano’s body was found at her home address on Spear Road, Southampton, just before 10pm on Saturday, September 21.

Ourzat, of King George’s Avenue, Southampton, did not enter a plea at the hearing.

Judge Keith Cutler, the Recorder of Winchester, told Ourzat he will be remanded in custody until his next appearance in Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday, December 18 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

As previously reported, following Ms Ortiz-Lozano’s death, a statement from her family said: “Cristina, you passed away too soon, to join your dog Noa.

“We will never forget your vitality, your happiness or your determination to achieve your goals. You always gave the best of yourself to your family, your doggies, your dreams.

“The word impossible was not in your vocabulary. We will always love you and miss you.”