Lancashire

Sadie Hartley stabbing: Second woman in court on murder charge

Sadie Hartley Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Police believe Sadie Hartley died on the evening of 14 January

A second woman has appeared in court charged with murdering a businesswoman who was found stabbed at her home.

Sadie Hartley, 60, was discovered with multiple stab wounds at her house in Rossendale, Lancashire on Friday night.

Katrina Walsh, 55, of Hare Lane, Chester, appeared before magistrates in Blackburn and was remanded in custody.

She will appear before Preston Crown Court on 22 January alongside Sarah Williams, 34, of Blacon, Chester, who was remanded in custody on Wednesday.

Ms Hartley, who was the director of her own medical communications business Hartley Taylor, based in Knutsford, Cheshire, was last seen alive on Thursday at a conference in Manchester.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for help tracing several people seen near her home on Thursday evening, including the driver of a passing car.

Paying tribute, Ms Hartley's partner Ian Johnston said: "It is an utter tragedy that she has been taken so unnecessarily from us and will be sadly missed by all those who knew her."

Image caption Emergency services were called to Sunny Bank Road in Helmshore on Friday night

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