A man's appeared in court, charged with the murder of Lesley Caile in Hunwick, County Durham, on Christmas Eve.
Mrs Caile, a grandmother and social worker at Durham County Council, was found dead at her home. A man was also found injured in the house and airlifted to hospital, before being arrested.
Peter Edward Yorke, who lived at the same address in North View, has been charged with her murder. He was remanded in custody at a short hearing before magistrates in Peterlee, and is now due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday 31 December.