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Man extradited to appear in court for the murder of Valerie Graves

News   •   Jul 19, 2019 15:12 BST

A man arrested in Romania on a European Arrest Warrant for the murder of Valerie Graves in Bosham, West Sussex, has been extradited to the UK on Friday (19 July).

Romanian national Cristian Sabou, 27, has been transferred into the custody of Sussex Police and will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Saturday morning (20 July) charged with the murder of Valerie Graves on 29-30 December 2013.

Sabou was detained on 10 July at his address in Dej, Romania, by officers from the Romanian National Police, who served on him the European Arrest Warrant which had been authorised by a district judge in the UK.

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

Media and public are reminded that proceedings are active and therefore no comment on or opinion about the case should be published or broadcast, in news or social media, at this time.

Media Advisory Note: The attention of Editors is brought to Section 2(2) of the Contempt of Court Act 1981, which relates to publication, once proceedings are active, of information which creates a substantial risk that the course of justice in the proceedings in question will be seriously impeded or prejudiced.

Author: Michelle Tugwell
Ref: SXP55012/2019