Essex

Theydon Bois man Darren Byrne charged with murder of woman

Police at murder scene in Theydon Bois
Image caption Maria Byrne was discovered dead at the house in Morgan Crescent, Theydon Bois, on Saturday

A man has been charged with murdering a woman at a house in Essex.

The body of the woman, named in court as Maria Byrne was found at the property in Morgan Crescent, Theydon Bois, on Saturday afternoon.

The death was initially treated as unexplained but a murder inquiry started following post-mortem tests.

Darren Byrne, 39, also of Morgan Crescent, was remanded by magistrates in Chelmsford to appear at the city's crown court on Thursday.

Paramedics were initially called to the house after reports a woman in her 30s had collapsed.

Essex Police arrived at about 15:45 GMT, by which time Mrs Byrne had been confirmed dead.

Mr Byrne was arrested on Monday and charged with murder on Tuesday night.

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