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UK News Romanian man jailed for life for murder of grandmother Valerie Graves

15:35  11 november  2019
15:35  11 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Valerie Graves (25 December 1958 – 29/30 December 2013) was an artist and grandmother who was murdered in December 2013 in Bosham, West Sussex.

A man has been jailed for life for the 2013 murder of 55-year-old grandmother Valerie Graves . Romanian national Cristian Sabou will serve a minimum of 23 years behind bars after he was found guilty of killing Mrs Graves at her home in Bosham, West Sussex. More follows…

A Romanian man has been jailed for life for murdering a 55-year-old grandmother while she was housesitting at a property in West Sussex.

a group of people looking at a cell phone: Cristian Sabou is escorted by an officer after a hearing to confirm his European Arrest Warrant © Associated Press Cristian Sabou is escorted by an officer after a hearing to confirm his European Arrest Warrant

Cristian Sabou, from the city of Dej, pleaded guilty to murdering artist Valerie Graves at a house in Bosham in December 2013.

He was later handed his sentence at Lewes Crown Court, and will serve a minimum of 24 years in prison.

It comes after an almost six-year-long investigation by Sussex Police to track down Ms Graves' killer in one of the longest murder cases in the force's history.

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Image caption Valerie Graves had been house-sitting for friends over Christmas when she died. A Romanian has been charged with the murder of a grandmother who Image caption Mrs Graves had moved back to Sussex from Scotland shortly before she was found dead at the house in Bosham.

Grandmother Valerie Graves had volunteered to house-sit her friends' £1.6million home over Christmas. Police quickly launched a murder investigation, but it would take nearly six years for the truth to finally be known. The killing shocked the Bosham community and left Ms Graves ' family

a person posing for the camera: Valerie Graves was described as a 'free spirit' by her family © PA Valerie Graves was described as a 'free spirit' by her family

Sabou was eventually arrested and charged in Romania in July 2019, before being extradited to the UK.

Ms Graves, who was described as a "free spirit" by her family, was found bludgeoned to death in the ground floor bedroom of a £1.6m property on 30 December.

She had just spent Christmas with her family, and had recently moved back from Scotland to spend more time with them.

Following her murder, her son Tim Wood said: "She was a free spirit who enjoyed her life and was a talented artist.

"She had lived in Scotland for about 10 years, a place she loved and which inspired her passion for art.

"This has been devastating for the family and has come as a complete shock."

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