Man charged with Jessica Patel murder in Middlesbrough

Jessica Patel Image copyright Family photo
Image caption Jessica Patel's family said they were in "unbearable pain"

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

Jessica Patel, 34, from Leeds, was found at her home in the Avenue on Monday. She had worked with her husband at Middlesbrough's Roman Road Pharmacy.

Mitesh Patel, of the Avenue, appeared before Teesside Magistrates' Court earlier charged with murder.

The 36-year-old was remanded in custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.

Image caption Jessica Patel was found in her house in a popular area of Middlesbrough

Cleveland Police said a post-mortem examination showed she suffered "serious injuries" prior to her death.

In a tribute, her family said: "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."

Image caption Mrs Patel worked with her husband at Middlesbrough's Roman Road Pharmacy

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