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US News'Midsomer Murder' burglar admits killing Scots gran with hammer in violent attack at £1.6m mansion

10:35  12 july  2019
10:35  12 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Cristian Sabou admitted that he attacked Valerie Graves at her home in West Sussex in 2013.

' Midsomer Murder ' burglar admits killing Scots gran with hammer in violent attack at £ 1 . 6 m mansion . Cristian Sabou admitted that he attacked Valerie Graves at her home in West Sussex in 2013.

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Cristian Sabou sat solemnly in the dock of a courtroom yesterday where he made his shock confession over the killing of Scots gran Valerie Graves.

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Ms Graves was killed as she house-sat for friends at their £ 1 . 6 m mansion in Bosham, West Experts disagree about the motive behind the murder , with some saying it was a failed burglary while others The village Ms Graves was murdered in - Bosham - is a favourite with ITV drama Midsomer Murders .

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The 27-year-old Romanian admitted that he attacked the artist in her bedroom during a burglary.

Valerie, who graduated from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, had lived in Melrose, Roxburghshire, before moving to Sussex – not long before her murder – to be close to family.

After he agreed to be extradited from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, to face justice in Britain for the “Midsomer Murder” case, Sabou was asked if he had anything to say to Valerie’s family.

'Midsomer Murder' burglar admits killing Scots gran with hammer in violent attack at £1.6m mansion © Andy Stenning / Daily Mirror Cristian Sabou in the courtroom where he confessed to killing Valerie Graves

Still in the dock, and in front of judge Claudia Illies, he replied in English: “Yes, I want to ­apologise. I am really sorry.”

Then he added through a ­translator: “I was under the impression that there was no one in the house. I was 21,

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' Midsomer Murder ' burglar admits killing Scots gran with hammer in violent attack at £ 1 . 6 m mansion . Cristian Sabou admitted that he attacked Valerie Graves at her home in West Sussex in 2013. — Share news in the SOC. Networks.

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“I was very young and ­immature. I did not have much money and it was my first time in England. She had been lying in bed when she woke up. She surprised me and I panicked.

“I never meant to kill anybody. I want my wife to know what happened. It was an accident. I thought everybody was away.”

Sabou admitted taking a claw hammer, to the home in the village of Bosham, West Sussex. During the 45-minute hearing in Cluj’s historic Palace of Justice, it emerged the suspect lived close to the £1.6million property where 55-year-old Valerie was killed with a hammer on December 30, 2013.

'Midsomer Murder' burglar admits killing Scots gran with hammer in violent attack at £1.6m mansion © PA Valerie Graves was killed in her home in West Sussex in 2013

Footage also emerged yesterday of Sabou’s arrest.

He is seen handcuffed outside his flat in Dej, about an hour from Cluj. He can be heard saying to police: “I tell you honestly I did not mean to hurt her. It was an accident.

“Somebody asked me to get into the house. It was about money.” Valerie was house-sitting at the mansion with sister Jan, her partner Nigel Acres and mum Eileen while the owner ­was abroad. Police carried out one of the biggest voluntary mass DNA screenings ever.

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They took 2819 samples from males over 17 who visited, lived or worked in the village, a location for ITV drama Midsomer Murders.

Sabou’s lawyer ­Cristina Radu said the suspect had been working nearby at the time of the killing.

'Midsomer Murder' burglar admits killing Scots gran with hammer in violent attack at £1.6m mansion © Daily Mirror Cristian Sabou confessed to killing Valerie Graves in court yesterday

The breakthrough came when his ex-wife contacted Valerie’s family last year. She told them he had confessed to killing the mum-of-two.

Detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team were in court yesterday, and remain in Romania working with authorities.

The judge agreed Sabou should return to Britain to face justice but must serve any sentence in his home country.

Arrangements were being made for him to be returned to Britain in the next 10 days.

A Sussex Police spokesman said last night: “He will then appear before a ­magistrates court before being sent for Crown Court trial.”

Sabou’s girlfriend, Gabriela Granti, said: “He didn’t seem the kind of person who would kill someone.”

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