A man has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his 94-year-old great-great grandmother to death in her Essex nursing home.

The elderly victim, Ruby Wilson, was pronounced dead at the scene on 29 November after suffering stab wounds on both sides of her throat.

The fatal incident took place in the Forest Place Nursing Home in the area of Buckhurst Hill.

Wilson's 32-year-old grandson, Antony Jennings, of Clinton Crescent, Ilford, was arrested on the same day as the attack at around 1.20pm after staff alerted police.

A post-mortem examination revealed the preliminary cause of death as an incised wound to the neck, according to Essex Police.

Jennings did not enter a plea when brought before Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Friday (1 December) and was charged with murder.

He is next scheduled to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday (4 December).

The victim had lived at the facility for three years alongside her 95-year-old husband. Wilson's family paid tribute following her tragic death, saying she "always had a song to sing."

They said: "As a family we love Ruby, who will be remembered for her creativity and love for crocheting, dressmaking and bingo. She always brought the family together and loved spending time with her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

"She was together with her husband Leslie for 75 years and always had a song to sing for every occasion. She will be dearly missed by all of us, her loving family."

In a short statement, Forest Place said: "Our thoughts are with the family of the resident."