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Man appears in court charged with murder of his solicitor wife

Silke Hartshorne-Jones was found with gunshot wounds at their Suffolk farmhouse.

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Police officers at the scene outside a farmhouse in Barham in Suffolk, where Silke Hartshorne-Jones was found with gunshot wounds (Sam Russell/ PA)

Police officers at the scene outside a farmhouse in Barham in Suffolk, where Silke Hartshorne-Jones was found with gunshot wounds (Sam Russell/ PA)

Police officers at the scene outside a farmhouse in Barham in Suffolk, where Silke Hartshorne-Jones was found with gunshot wounds (Sam Russell/ PA)

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his solicitor wife after she was found shot twice inside their family home.

Peter Hartshorne-Jones, 51, is accused of murdering 41-year-old Silke Hartshorne-Jones at their farmhouse in the village of Barham near Ipswich.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and to state his nationality as British when he appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday by video-link from Bury St Edmunds’ police investigation centre.

The court heard that police were called to the scene at 4.45am on Sunday and that Mrs Hartshorne-Jones was found inside the home with two gunshot wounds.

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Police officers at the scene outside a farmhouse in Barham in Suffolk, where Silke Hartshorne-Jones was found with gunshot wounds. (Sam Russell/ PA)

Police officers at the scene outside a farmhouse in Barham in Suffolk, where Silke Hartshorne-Jones was found with gunshot wounds. (Sam Russell/ PA)

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Police officers at the scene outside a farmhouse in Barham in Suffolk, where Silke Hartshorne-Jones was found with gunshot wounds. (Sam Russell/ PA)

She died at 6.42am, the court heard.

The defendant, who has short dark hair, wore a blue jumper and remained seated throughout the brief hearing, was not asked to make a plea.

He appeared before Ipswich Crown Court later on Tuesday, where Judge Martyn Levett remanded him in custody ahead of a plea hearing on July 29.

No application for bail was made, and a provisional trial date was set for October 26.

Suffolk Police said they had found a woman in her 40s with serious injuries at the address in The Green.

She was taken to Ipswich Hospital but died a short time later.

Mrs Hartshorne-Jones worked as a corporate lawyer in London.

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