THE partner of a woman who was found dead at her home on Mother’s Day has appeared in court charged with her murder.
Anthony Edward Ross, 24, of Oak Avenue, South Shields, was remanded in custody by magistrates in South Tyneside this morning charged with the murder of Melissa Liddle.
He was remanded to Newcastle Crown Court where he will appear on Thursday.
No pleas were taken and Ross, who appeared wearing a grey teeshirt, refused to confirm his name, age or address when asked by the clerk of the court.
The case had been earlier halted briefly when Ross appeared reluctant to enter the dock in the packed courtroom.
He appeared five minutes later after speaking to his solicitor Charlton Carr.
Mother-of two Miss Liddle, 23, was found dead at the home the couple shared on Sunday evening.
Part of Oak Avenue was still cordoned off this morning.
Miss Liddle lived at the address with Ross, and their two children, a five-year-old called Lewis and a baby aged seven months.
Relatives of Miss Liddle, who studied floristry at South Tyneside College until last year, described her as a “lovely” person who would “always help others.”
She was such a nice girl and used to volunteer for St John’s Ambulance.Annette Todd
Annette Todd, 53, whose sister is Miss Liddle’s grandmother, says the whole family is ‘devastated’ by her death.
Mrs Todd, also of Oak Avenue, South Shields, says Ms Liddle and Anthony Ross were “childhood sweethearts” who had been together for around eight years.
Mrs Todd said: “They were childhood sweethearts and have been together for about eight years.
“They lived together and have two boys. One is four and the other is only about one.
“She was such a nice girl and used to volunteer for St John’s Ambulance.”
She added: “We are just devastated by this.”
A Northumbria Police spokesman said a 48-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender will not be the subject of any further police action 111.