A 45-year-old man has appeared in court in Co Tyrone charged with the murder of his mother at the weekend.

Margaret Una Noone, 77, was found dead in her home in Ratheen Avenue in Cookstown shortly before 11am on Sunday.

Barry Noone, of the same address, appeared at Omagh Magistrates' Court by video link.

He spoke only to confirm his date of birth and that he understood the charge.

Police officers went to the house in response to a phone call.

A PSNI officer told the court that they found a notebook on the hall table with a message that said, "please don't come in, call police".

They found Mrs Noone dead, lying on her back on top of her bed with rosary beads in her hands.

A preliminary post-mortem examination found that the cause of death was strangulation.

Police also found a man in another bed who appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs.

The officer told the court that police identified that man as Barry Noone, the victim's son.

She said police believe Mr Noone is suffering from severe depression and mental health issues.

He was remanded in custody until 6 July for a psychiatric mental health assessment.

A solicitor for Mr Noone told the court he will be making a compassionate bail application to allow him to attend his mother's funeral later this week.