THE son of Norton Fitzwarren woman Catherine McDonald appeared in court this morning charged with murdering his mum.

Alex McDonald, 27, of Hilly Park, Norton Fitzwarren, did not enter a plea and spoke only to confirm his name when he came before Taunton Deane Magistrates Court today.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on Tuesday.

The body of Mrs McDonald was found on Tuesday evening, when officers broke down the door of her home near Taunton following a call from her employer who was worried because she had not turned up for work.

Post mortem tests have shown the cause of death was stabbing and asphyxiation.

Mrs McDonald's parents have asked anyone who may have information to contact police on 101, quoting Operation Samara, or call Crimestoppers - which can be anonymous - on 0800-555111.