A computer programmer from Kent has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years, after pleading guilty to murdering his wife at their home in Benenden near Maidstone. Stuart Andrews, 54, snapped following months of tension and strangled 52-year-old Caroline Andrews at their rented bungalow on February 4. At Maidstone Crown Court, Andrews, who used to work for the Bank of England, admitted murder and the theft of £267,096 from his father-in-law who suffered from dementia - Andrews had power of attorney over his affairs. Andrews left a note for his children after the murder:-
It started as an accident when we were fighting but it went too far. Your mother was a beautiful, kind and caring person who loved you all. I let her down and ruined her life by being stupid with money and losing the house. Neither of us recovered from that. I love you too, but I can't carry on living. All this is just my fault. Dad
The court heard Andrews murdered his wife in the early hours of February 4 at the property where they lived with two of their children and Mrs Andrews's father Donald Breeds. After throttling his wife, Andrews told one of their children that their mother was unwell and she should not be disturbed. After dropping their other child off at Headcorn train station, Andrews then telephoned Hilden Oaks School and Nursery in Tonbridge where Mrs Andrews worked to say she was unwell.
Later that day Andrews caught a train with another one of their children from Headcorn to Charing Cross at 11.18am before they parted company. Andrews deliberately left his phone on the train, shoving it down the side of a seat and timing a text message to be sent from it at 4pm to one of Mrs Andrews's friends. The text to Heather Sheldon read: "Heather, this is Stuart. I am sorry and, this is beyond belief, I have accidentally killed Caroline".
A mechanic accused of killing two people in Kent has appeared in court charged with murder. Foster Christian, who's 53 years old, was arrested in connection with the deaths of Natasha Sadler and Simon Gorecki at their home in Canterbury. Tom Savvides reports from Maidstone Crown Court
The mother of a teacher from Kent who was killed in the Middle East says she's angry and upset after flying out for a trial which was postponed at the last minute. Lauren Patterson from West Malling was attacked and killed in Qatar but the man convicted of murdering her is now facing a re-trial after his original sentence was overturned. Tom Savvides has the latest.
The family of a woman found dead in Sussex have paid tribute to a "fun-loving" daughter with a "zest for life".
The body of 47-year-old Carrie Izzard was discovered at her house in Herstmonceux on Monday.
A man has been arrested in connection with her murder.
"Carrie was a much-loved daughter, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed. Her fun-loving ways and zest for life will live on in our memories.
"Her passing in such tragic circumstances will leave a big hole in the lives of her family and those who knew her.
"The family requests privacy at this sad time."
The family of Luke Jeffrey, who died after he was stabbed in Chichester on Friday have paid tribute to him.
"Luke was a kind, caring and gentle young man. He was passionate about fitness and health and was studying at college to become a fitness instructor. Luke also had a lifelong love of music. He had his whole life ahead of him.
"He was utterly devoted to his five-year-old sister and she has lost not only her big brother, but also her best friend. He leaves behind loving parents, grandparents, a great-grandmother and many close friends.
"Luke was just 18-years-old when he was murdered in a brutal, senseless and cowardly attack.
"We cannot find the words to describe the loss and absolute grief that we are feeling. Please respect our need for privacy at this desperately difficult time."
"Our thoughts are with Luke's family and friends at this sad time.
"We want to do all we can to reassure the local community and officers from the Chichester neighbourhood policing team will be available in the surrounding areas to speak to residents if they have any concerns."
Samuel Morgan, 19, unemployed, of Adelaide Road, Chichester, appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court this morning charged with Luke's murder.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court tomorrow.
A mother whose daughter was attacked and murdered in the Middle East is urging people to help fund her fight for justice. Lauren Patterson, from West Malling in Kent, was just 24 years old when she was killed in Qatar in October 2013. Two men were jailed but one of them has had his sentence overturned. Now, Alison Patterson needs £30,000 to cover a new trial. Tom Savvides has the story.
Kent Police has charged a man with the murder of 52-year-old Caroline Andrews.
Stuart Andrews, aged 54, of The Street, Benenden, has been charged with murdering Mrs Andrews in Benenden on 3 February.
Andrews appeared at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 13 February. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday 16 February.
Police were called to an address in The Street, Benenden, on Thursday 4 February, where they discovered the body of Mrs Andrews.
A post mortem showed she died from strangulation.
Two men accused of killing a woman woman in Abingdon are due in court.
Kerry Reeves, who was 26, was shot in the head outside flats in Thornhill Walk last November.
She died at the John Radcliffe hospital two days later.
Billy Johnson, 20, of Ripon Court in Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, who's 20, and of Kempton Avenue, in Ealing are due at Oxford Crown Court.
A mother from East Sussex jailed for killing her three-year-old daughter has pleaded guilty to the earlier murder of her baby son 13 years ago.
Lesley Dunford, 37, was charged in October last year with the murder of seven-month-old Harley Dunford on August 27 2003. He was found dead in his cot at the family's former seaside home in Pelwood Road, Camber, near Hastings.
Dunford's three-year-old daughter Lucy died six months later, on February 2 2004. In June 2012, Dunford was jailed for seven years for Lucy's manslaughter after Lewes Crown Court heard the child died from asphyxia caused by forced blockage of her airways.
On Friday, Dunford, appeared at the same court to plead guilty to Harley's murder.
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Lancing man Mark Manning have charged a man with murder.
Colin Gale, 39, of Offington Road, Worthing, was charged with the murder of Mark Manning on Thursday, 28th January.
Mark, 54, of Brighton Road, was last seen on 19th April 2014 before his family reported him missing on 22nd April.
They said it was completely out of character for him to disappear.
Officers launched a murder investigation in June 2014.
Despite extensive proof of life enquiries and searches, no one has reported hearing from or seeing Mark.
His body has not been found.