Man in court charged with Valerie Graves murder

Valerie Graves Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Valerie Graves was house-sitting for friends over Christmas when she died

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman who was bludgeoned to death in bed six years ago.

Valerie Graves, 55, was found dead at a property in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, West Sussex, in December 2013.

Cristian Sabou, 27, was arrested at his home in Dej, north-west Romania, last week, and was extradited on Friday.

He was remanded in custody after a hearing at Brighton Magistrates' Court.

Ms Graves, an artist, was house-sitting for friends at the seaside property when she was killed.

A post-mortem examination found she had severe head injuries.

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Image caption Ms Graves had moved back to Sussex from Scotland shortly before she was found dead at the house in Bosham

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