Good Samaritan widow, 76, ‘beaten to death with her own walking stick’ while trying to help neighbour, 32, as both were murdered in suburban Sussex street
A 76-year-old ‘Good Samaritan’ was battered to death ‘with her own walking stick’, while trying to help her neighbour, 32, as she was attacked in the street.
The elderly victim, named locally as Sandra Seagrave, is believed to have intervened to try and stop a man attacking the other woman on Hazel Way in Crawley Down, West Sussex, at around 10.20am yesterday.
Witnesses said they heard a man shout ‘I’m going to kill you’ before Ms Seagrave, known as Sandy, and her neighbour were both found dead on the street.
The man, 37, was found badly injured inside a house and arrested on suspicion of murder.
He is now in a ‘very unstable condition’ under guard at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Shocked neighbours paid tribute to Sandra today and revealed that she was a widow whose husband had died five years ago.
Ian Pratt, 61, an engineer, told MailOnline: ‘Sandra was a bit abrupt but when you got to know her you realised she was a lovely woman.
‘Sadly her husband Frank passed away about five years ago so she was on her own.
‘She had had a dog which died. But she still liked to walk around a lot.’
Another neighbour who gave his name as Dennis added: ‘She was known as Sandy although her name was Sandra. It’s absolutely tragic.’