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Man faces court over mother's death

A 50-year-old man is due to appear in court charged with the murder of his elderly mother.

The body of 78-year-old Brenda James was found by specialist police search teams on the sprawling Goodwood Estate in Chichester, West Sussex on Thursday.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on the pensioner's body on Friday afternoon and revealed that she died from a "head injury caused by a weapon", according to Sussex Police.

Neale James, of Vinetrow Road, Chichester, is due before Worthing Magistrates' Court after being charged on Friday night.

Ms James, who lived at Lakeside Caravan Park in Chichester, was extremely popular with a wide circle of friends whom she met regularly to play bridge and enjoy other hobbies, her family said.

Close friends reported her missing on Tuesday following concern that she had not been in touch for several days, police said.

Acting on information given to them, police started scouring the Goodwood Estate and found a body on Thursday afternoon.

Paying tribute, Ms James' daughter, Nicole James, said: "Mum spent nearly all her summers and most of her Christmases with me and my family in Sweden.

"She had a close circle of her own friends here and was much loved and admired for her attitude to life and her sociable ways. Her close family up in Cleethorpes are devastated. At home in Chichester, we know mum will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her."

She added: "Her untimely death has been a shock to us all and we are at a loss for words to describe how we feel. We miss her."

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