Boyfriend, 45, appears in court for murder after woman, 34, found beaten to death at home in Reading

A MAN has today appeared in the dock charged with the murder of his partner, who was allegedly beaten to death.

Beth Aspey, 34, was found dead at a home in Reading, Berkshire by cops and paramedics on Friday, April 30.

She'd suffered a fatal blunt force head injury, a post-mortem revealed.

Her boyfriend Ben Shand was later charged with her murder.

The 45-year-old appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court this morning..

He hasn't yet entered a plea to the charge, and was remanded into custody ahead of an appearance at the crown court later today.

Shand, of Reading, was arrested after cops rushed to the scene in Laud Close at about 4.30pm on Friday after reports that a woman had died.

An inquest will be opened by Berkshire coroner Heidi Connor later this week.

Announcing the charge, Detective Inspector Dejan Avramovic of Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Unit said: “Our officers have been carrying out a thorough investigation in the days since this incident was first reported to us, and now, following the results of yesterday’s post-mortem, we have started a formal murder investigation.

“I understand that this will cause some concern in the community.

"However, I would like to take this opportunity to reassure people that this is an isolated incident and that a man has been arrested in connection with it.

“Members of the public will have seen an increased police presence in the area since Friday and this will remain in place while our investigation continues.

"If you have any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to approach our officers."

He said cops are "particularly interested in speaking to anyone who saw or who had contact with Beth on Friday, April 30".

Neighbours spoke of their shock after Beth's death.

One woman, who asked not to be named, told BerkshireLive: “We were here on Friday and suddenly all hell broke loose.

"There were ambulances and police cars everywhere."

Another woman said: "It’s quite quiet around here generally.

"We got a bit of a shock when all the police arrived on Friday. It’s really sad.”

Anyone with information is asked to call cops on 101 quoting reference number 43210184533.

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