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Man due in court charged with murder of careworker

Debbie Levey Credit: Sussex Police

A man is due before Worthing magistrates charged with the murder of Debbie Levey from Sussex. The body of the 44-year-old careworker was found at her home in East Ashling near Chichester on the 28th January 2013. A colleague who was due to take her to work made the discovery.

Philip Brown, aged 45, and from Latham Road in Selsey was charged by Sussex Police on the evening of Tuesday 28th May 2013. He is to appear in court later.

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First picture: family tribute to Debbie Levey

Debbie Levey Credit: Sussex Police

The family of Debbie Levey, found dead at her home in East Ashling, near Chichester on Monday, have issued a tribute to her.

Her father, John Etherton, speaking on behalf of Debbie's family, said: "We are all absolutely devastated by this terrible news.

"Debbie was a most caring and compassionate person, who worked in a series of caring professions. We all loved her deeply.

"She will be very much missed by her family, and also by colleagues and her friends and neighbours."

Police say there are no further developments in the enquiry into Ms Levey's death.

The 45-year old Selsey man arrested on suspicion of her murder has been released on police bail until 21 February while the enquiry continues.

Man bailed after woman's body find

A man has been freed on bail after being arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman whose body was found by a colleague due to take her to work.

Police were called to Cherry Tree Cottage in East Ashling, near Chichester, at 8am on Monday after Debbie Levey, 44, was discovered dead in the house.

A 45-year-old man from Selsey, who was known to Ms Levey, was arrested on suspicion of her murder and released on conditional bail until February 21, pending further investigation.

Sussex Police said that a post-mortem examination failed to find a cause of death, and further tests will be conducted.

While initially it was thought that we were dealing with a sudden death, officers became increasingly suspicious of the circumstances.

"At this stage our inquiries lead us to believe that this may not have been a natural death and a murder inquiry was launched on Monday."

– Det Ch Insp Ian Pollard

Officers appealed for information from anyone who saw or was in contact with Ms Levey between Sunday at 12.30pm and Monday.

People were also sked to come forward if they saw a blue Vauxhall Vectra parked in a lay-by across the road from Cherry Tree Cottage on Sunday afternoon or early that evening.