A MAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of a pharmacist who was found dead at home in Middlesbrough.

Jessica Patel, 34 was found at her home in the Avenue in Linthorpe on Monday.

Mitesh Patel, 36, also of the Avenue, appeared before Teesside Magistrates' Court earlier charged with murder. He was remanded in custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.

The heartbroken family of Jessica have today paid tribute to her.

They said in a statement today: “We have lost Jessica, a kind hearted, gentle and selfless person who was loved dearly by her family and friends. She was completely dedicated to all of her family and her loss has brought an unbearable pain.

“We as a family are devastated and we would kindly request that everyone respects our privacy and allows us the time to grieve in peace.”