EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to a South Tyneside woman found dead in her own home – as a man is due in court accused of her murder.
The body of Gemma Finnigan, 24, was found when police were called to her home on Church View, Boldon Colliery at 11.05am on Friday, after concerns were raised for her safety.
Daniel William Johnson, 32, from the same address, will appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today charged with her murder.
Detectives are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination to establish the cause of her death.
Tributes have poured in for Gemma on social media sites, and neighbours have told of their shock at her death.
One, who asked not to be named, said: “She was a very friendly person and always had a smile for you.
“She had been living here for about three years.”
Another neighbour added: “What happened is horrible, just horrible. This is a quiet street and you never expect anything like this to happen.” Many took to Gemma’s Facebook page to post their condolences to a ‘kind and lovely girl’.
Teri Leigh Allen wrote: “I can’t get over the fact I am not going to see you any more. We always laughed and you always made me laugh, I just can’t stop crying. But I know you are watching over us all.
“I couldn’t have had a better sister than you. I’m so glad I had you in my life. I love you more than any words can ever say. R.I.P Jimm.”
Leanne Wild wrote: “You’re going to be such a miss, far too young to be taken.
“I keep seeing your smiling face. Such a kind and lovely lass, I can’t believe it. Sleep tight little gem.”
Kristi Allen added: “Good night Gemma, my little princess. Sleep tight – love you more than anything in the world.”
Chris Walker posted: “I will miss you, I’ll miss your laughs, I’ll miss your smile, but most of all I will miss you.”
Tina Fletcher added: “R.I.P Gemma Finnigan. My thoughts are with all her family and all her friends . You’ll be sadly missed Xx.”