Man In Court Over Clacton Murder

Chelmsford Magistrates Court

A pensioner has appeared in court charged with the murder of his 81-year-old wife.

John Chapman, 71, was arrested and charged following the death of his wife Jean at their home in Vista Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex Police said.

He appeared before Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Tuesday and did not enter a plea.

Chapman was remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday.

Essex Police said officers had been called to reports that a woman had died at the couple's home at about 6am on Monday and Chapman was arrested at the scene.

A formal identification and a post-mortem examination of the deceased are due to take place on Tuesday.