COUNTY NEWS: Murder victim identified as partner charged with murder

The body of a woman discovered at a house in Maresfield has been formally identified by police as Samantha Toms.

Floral tributes left at the scene
Floral tributes left at the scene

Flowers were left outside the property as the community reacted to the incident.

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According to Sussex Police, Ralph Fairman, 50, a labourer, of no fixed address, was arrested on the A22 at Ashurst Wood, near East Grinstead, shortly afterwards and was remanded in custody.

Police investigating after a woman's body was found in a house in Field End

The Crown Prosecution has since authorised a charge of murder against Fairman, who is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court today.

The defendant and the suspect had been in a relationship together, and no one else is being sought in connection with the incident, police said.

Floral tributes left at the scene