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Valerie Graves murder: Arrested man appears in Romanian court

News   •   Jul 11, 2019 15:30 BST

A man arrested in Romania on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for the murder of Valerie Graves in Bosham, West Sussex, has appeared in court.

On 30 December 2013, the 55-year-old mother and grandmother was found brutally murdered in her bedroom in Smugglers Lane, Bosham. She had been staying at the property while the owners were away over the Christmas period.

Romanian national Cristian Sabou, 27, was detained on Wednesday morning (10 July) at his address in Dej by officers from the Romanian National Police, who served on him the EAW which had been authorised by a district judge in the UK.

Sabou faced an extradition proceeding hearing at the court in Cluj-Napoca on Thursday (11 July). He did not contest the application to extradite him and arrangements will now be made to bring him to the UK. He will then appear before a magistrates court before being sent for Crown Court trial.

Detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team were present at the hearing and remain in Romania working with the authorities there.

Author: Michelle Tugwell
Ref: SXP55012/2019

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