A MAN charged with murder after a double shooting in Southend has appeared in court.

Michael Strudwick appeared at Southend Magistrates Court this morning following the fatal shooting in Sutton Road on Sunday.

The victim, identified as Christy Walshe, from Southend, died on Tuesday after initially being taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Strudwick has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm.

Speaking only to confirm his name, Strudwick, of Sutton Road, Southend, appeared dishevelled in the dock wearing a red prison tracksuit, as well as a large medical dressing on his chin.

The 33-year-old was initially taken to hospital after the incident, but was discharged.

It is believed both Strudwick and Ms Walshe suffered gun shot wounds during the incident, which took place at roughly 7.20pm.

Neither the crown or defence made any submissions during the hearing, with the district judge choosing not to open the facts and passing the case to Chelmsford Crown Court.

The court clerk, addressing the district judge, said: "Michael Strudwick appears today charged with murder and possession of a firearm.

"The alleged victim is that of Christy Walshe.

"As you are aware, in cases of murder they must be sent to the crown court, the seriousness of this case means it cannot be dealt with here.

"This case is now to be heard tomorrow at 10am at Chelmsford Crown Court."

Strudwick was initially due to appear at Southend Magistrates Court on Wednesday, but the hearing was delayed.

Ms Walshe, a mum-of-one, was in touch with the Echo last year after suffering from a rodent infestation at her South Essex Homes property, in Sutton Road.

At the time the 40-year-old, who suffered from bi-polar disorder, was living with her 18-year-old daughter

Dozens of police officers rushed to the scene on Sunday night, with the busy road closed, and two air ambulances dispatched.