UPDATED: Halifax man in court charged with murder over woman’s disappearance

Pamela Jackson
Pamela Jackson

A Halifax man arrested over the disappearance of a woman in the North East has appeared in court charged with her murder

Adrian Muir, 50, of Calder Terrace in Copley, was at Consett Magistrates’ Court, County Durham, this afternoon charged with murdering grandmother Pamela Jackson, 55, between March 2 and March 8 in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

A team of 40 officers are still searching for Mrs Jackson, who was reported missing by one of her three grown-up sons, Joe, on Thursday.

When the clerk read out the charge, Muir - in a blue sweatshirt and with his hands clasped behind his bac - replied from behind the glass dock: “I haven’t murdered anybody.”

No formal pleas were entered and he was remanded in custody to appear before a judge at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday.

Muir, who police said was from Calder Terrace, had no fixed address, the court heard.

Mrs Jackson, who is also known as Cris or Crissie, does not drive and does not work due to health issues.

She is described as petite and is 5ft, slim, with very long black hair which is usually straight.

She has a black rose tattoo to the upper right arm and large Celtic-style letters to the upper left arm. She usually wears what is described as vintage-style clothing with rings and costume jewellery.