AN ELDERLY man accused of repeatedly stabbing his wife of 63 years has appeared in court.

Gordon Cocksedge allegedly took a weapon to wife Joan at their home on Saturday.

Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday Cocksedge had also himself received wounds to his neck with a butter knife.

The 84-year-old, who has grey hair and had bandages covering his lower neck, appeared in court wearing a red jumper and jogging bottoms.

He did not enter a plea to the charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Philip Pearson, prosecuting, said: “They have been married for 63 years.

“Cocksedge has marks to his own neck, which he has received treatment for. It’s believed that resulted from a butter knife.

“Later that day, it seems he has then spoken to his wife, he has a knife in his hand and he has stabbed her repeatedly to the neck area.

“Certain neighbours have assisted and an ambulance was called.”

The court heard Mrs Cocksedge is recovering in hospital.

The alleged weapon was not identified in court.

Mr Pearson added: “It is a very serious matter.”

Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard Cocksedge, of Hogarth End, Kirby Cross, was arrested by police on Saturday and had been in custody since then.

Shade Abiodun, defending, said: “Mr Cocksedge is a man with no convictions and is of good character.

“He understands the serious nature of the offences and has been in custody.

“Mrs Cocksedge is still in hospital and will be for quite some time.”

Cocksedge was remanded in custody and will next appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on May 8.