Two women in court over murder of Lancashire businesswoman

A court hearing of a woman charged with the murder of a businesswoman was halted after one of the defendants collapsed to the floor.

Two women are accused of the murder of mother-of-two Sadie Hartley, 60, at her home in Helmshore, Lancashire.

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Partner of murdered Sadie Hartley issues a touching tribute to her

Ian Johnston and Sadie Hartley Credit: Ian Johnston

The partner of Sadie Hartley has paid a tribute to her. Ian Johnston said she was a "wonderful mother, sister, partner and friend".

A murder investigation was launched after her body was found at a house in Helmshore, Rossendale, on Friday, January 15.

Sarah Williams, 34, has been charged with her murder.

“Sadie was a wonderful mother, sister, partner and friend.

“We are all utterly distraught following her senseless, brutal murder.

“She was a respectable, hard-working person who had run a successful business that supported medical services.

“It is an utter tragedy that she has been taken so unnecessarily from us and will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

“The family now respectfully wish and hope that they may be left in peace to enable them to cope with this terrible event.”

– Ian Johnston, the partner of Sadie Hartley

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