A 58-year-old man accused of murdering his elderly mother appeared in court on Thursday June 5.

Geoffrey Hobbis, of Brookly Gardens in Fleet, is charged with the murder of 79-year-old Barbara Hobbis. The pensioner was found dead at the bungalow she shared with her son on Saturday May 31.

A post-mortem examination was carried out but police would not reveal how Mrs Hobbis died.             

Hobbis, who has not yet entered a plea, appeared at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday wearing dark custody clothing. He previously appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.              

He was told by Judge Keith Cutler CBE that his case would be put back to a later date in order for assessments to be carried out.             

The judge said: "Mr Geoffrey Hobbis, you stand accused of the murder of Barbara Hobbis.

"You will return to court in August after undertaking pathological and psychological assessments. You will be remanded in custody until that time."             

Hobbis will next appear at Winchester Crown Court on Monday August 18 for a plea and case management hearing.