Husband in court charged with murdering ‘angel’ wife 6 months after IVF baby born

A husband has appeared in court today charged with the murder of his wife just six months after they had a baby girl following IVF treatments.

Matthew Fisher, 29, is accused of murdering Abi Fisher, also 29, after police found her body was found in undergrowth following her disappearance.

Dressed in a prison issue grey jumper and jogging bottoms and wearing a face mask, he spoke only to confirm his name, age and address at Leeds Magistrates Court.

He was not asked to enter a plea during the brief hearing and will appear before Leeds Crown Court tomorrow.

Members of Abi’s heartbroken family were present for the hearing and wept as District Judge Charlotte Holland told Fisher: “This case is too serious to run in this court.

“You will be sent to Leeds Crown Court at 9.30 tomorrow. You will remain in custody until then.”

In an emotional tribute issued via police today, Abi’s family issued a photograph of her with her daughter.

The tribute said: “Our beautiful Abi. Words cannot describe how utterly devastated we are at the loss of you. We miss you dearly.

“We promise to make you proud every single day, and will continue to bring up your amazing little baby girl the way you would.

“Heaven may have gained an angel but we have lost you and that for us seems like the most unjust act to happen.

“We as a family would like to thank every single person who showed enough heart and love to look for our precious angel. Words will never describe how much this means.

“For now our beautiful angel. We love you so much.”

The “devastated” primary school where Abi worked had closed its doors for a day while the staff and pupils coped with their grief, YorkshireLive reported.

Matthew Jones , the headteacher at Featherstone All Saints CofE Academy, described Abi as “enthusiastic” and “caring” as he opened up about how “devastated” his cohort is feeling.

He said: “Abi was a wonderful person. She will be remembered as an enthusiastic, kind and caring teacher and colleague, who gave her all each day.

“In particular, her passion for science inspired countless children over the years – she made a real difference to so many lives.

“We are all devastated by Abi’s tragic death, and will continue to pray for her and her family. As a school we are supporting each other through this very difficult time.”

One school mum also said: “Mrs Abi Fisher, a teacher at my daughter’s school, an absolutely amazing person.”

And another person added: “Abi was a wonderful person and an amazing teacher to the children in our school. Unbelievably kind and caring loved all her colleagues and the children in school.”