Son remanded in Brenda James murder inquiry

Brenda James
Image caption Brenda James spent holidays with her daughter and grandchildren in Sweden

A man charged with murdering his elderly mother has been remanded in custody.

The body of Brenda James, 78, was found in woodland at the Goodwood Estate near Chichester on Thursday following a police search.

Her son, Neale James, 50, from Chichester, appeared at Lewes Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the same court for a plea and case management hearing on 3 June.

Sussex Police said a post-mortem examination found Mrs James died from a "head injury caused by a weapon".

A second man, a 46-year-old from Ipswich, Suffolk, remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of Mrs James's murder on Sunday.

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