THE family of an alleged supermarket knifeman accused of murdering an Aldi worker have said they are "trying to understand" the attack.
Neville Hord, 44, is facing trial after Jodie Willsher was stabbed to death at the branch in Skipton, North Yorkshire, last week.
Hero shoppers pinned him down after he allegedly walked up to "doting mother" Jodie and plunged a knife into her without saying a word.
Hord's family released an emotional statement ahead of his appearance at Leeds Crown Court today.
It read: "Neville's family wish to express our sincere condolences to Jodie's family at what should have been a time of joy and happiness for them.
""We are trying to understand… It has affected both families very deeply. No words can convey our sorrow for this tragic turn of events."
Hord, who was pictured with fake blood on a Halloween costume in 2014, spoke only to confirm his full name, date of birth and British nationality at the brief hearing.
The plumbing business owner was flanked by two officers in the dock where he wore grey jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt.
The case was adjourned until January 26 when Hord, of no fixed address, will attend Bradford Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing.
Mum-of-one Jodie died after being attacked at 3.30pm on Wednesday.
Jodie's grieving husband, Malcolm Willsher, paid tribute to his wife, saying: "She was lovely and warm and always had a smile on her face.
"She was amazing, beautiful and a lovely person. She was a doting mother and a loving wife."
Cousin Chris Swale said: "How can life be so cruel, a selfless act by one person has left a husband without a wife and a little girl without her mother."
Skipton Mayor Andy Rankine said: "Skipton is a small but close-knit community where most people know each other.
"We are in shock about the sad events of yesterday where a store worker was killed whilst going about her duties.
"The whole town is in shock and grieving over the loss."
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