Essex

Buckhurst Hill nursing home murder: Man charged

Ruby Wilson Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Ruby Wilson's family said she loved spending time with her many grandchildren and would "be remembered for her creativity"

A man has been charged with the murder of a 94-year-old woman at a nursing home in Essex.

Ruby Wilson was reported to have suffered serious injuries at Forest Place Nursing Home in Roebuck Lane, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, on Wednesday.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination appeared to show her neck had been cut.

Antony Jennings, 32, of Clinton Crescent, Ilford, has appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.

Image caption Ruby Wilson was found dead at Forest Place Nursing Home

Mr Jennings spoke to confirm his name, age and address during a brief hearing before being remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday.

Essex Police previously said Mr Jennings was known to the victim, and had no connection to the care home.

'Incised wound'

Ms Wilson had "some form of dementia" and was a resident at Forest Place, prosecutor Philip Pearson said.

He told the court her throat had been cut on both sides.

A post-mortem examination gave the preliminary cause of death as an incised wound to the neck, police said.

Her family issued a tribute statement via the police which said: "As a family we loved Ruby, who will be remembered for her creativity and love of crocheting, dressmaking and bingo.

"She always brought the family together and loved spending time with her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild.

"She was together with her husband Leslie for 75 years and always had a song to sing for every occasion.

"She will be dearly missed by all of us, her loving family."

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