WEST CHILTINGTON ‘MURDER’ - victim’s family pays tribute

JPCT 09-06-11 West Chiltington. Nyetimber Lane. Calluna. Murder scene -photo by steve cobb
JPCT 09-06-11 West Chiltington. Nyetimber Lane. Calluna. Murder scene -photo by steve cobb
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THE FAMILY of a woman who was bludgeoned with a hammer and stabbed in the chest have paid emotional tribute to a ‘wonderful and caring’ sister.

John Colvin, brother of Linda Allen, whose body was found in a house in West Chiltington on Thursday June 9 said: “Linda was a wonderful and caring sister. She was an unassuming and gentle lady who loved animals, particularly wild animals in their natural habitat. This fitted well with her other love of her garden.

“Linda and Bill were a very private couple, who only wanted peace and tranquility.

“Any unexpected death is a shock, but especially one in such difficult circumstances. Linda’s family would therefore ask that you respect their need to grieve in the privacy which she so valued herself.”

A 66-year-old man appeared in court today accused of killing his wife Linda Allen at their West Chilltington home.

William Allen, of Nyetimber Copse, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

He was led up to the dock with his head bowed, wearing a brown striped polo-neck.

He is alleged to have killed Linda Allen, 64, after becoming obsessed that a major renovation project on their home was failing.

Mr Allen is accused of stabbing Mrs Allen and striking her to the head with a hammer as she slept in bed, before attempting to kill himself by cutting an artery in his leg.

He was remanded in custody and was due to appear before Lewes Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday June 15.

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