Man in court on wife murder charge
A man has appeared in court after being charged with murdering his wealthy wife.
Robert Brown, 46, is suspected of killing his estranged wife Joanna, whose body has not been found, and he has also been accused of preventing a coroner from holding an inquest by disposing of her body in an unknown place.
Dressed in a dark suit and white shirt, Brown, of Winkfield, Berkshire, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth, before Magistrate James Griffiths told him he would be held in custody until Monday, when he will appear at Reading Crown Court on Monday as a judge will decide whether he should be granted bail.
Mrs Brown, also 46, was reported missing after a family member raised the alarm, concerned at not being able to contact her. Police are continuing to search for her body in Windsor Great Park, which is near the sprawling country mansion where she lived. Slough Magistrates' Court heard how she is believed to have died a violent, unnatural or sudden death.
Mrs Brown's family has described her as a "very special person", saying she was "loved and admired by everyone", while she was described as fun and outgoing by a close friend.
In a statement, her family said: "This is a very difficult time for our family. We ask that anyone with information about the whereabouts of Joanna contact the police."
The couple's marital home, Tun Cottage, was run as an award-winning bed and breakfast by Mrs Brown for two years after they separated.
The mock-Tudor property, worth in the region of £3 million, is described on its website as a "beautiful English country home" and was awarded a 4* Gold Award by Visit Britain.
The pair, who married 11 years ago, were going through divorce proceedings at the time of Mrs Brown's disappearance.
The estranged couple have two children, an 11-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl.