An Eastbourne man accused of the murder of Sabrina Cooper appears in court

A man accused of murdering comedy legend Tommy Cooper’s niece is due to stand trial next year.

Tony King has been charged in the death of Sabrina Cooper, who was found covered in blood in the hallway of her apartment.

The 68-year-old grandmother was found dead after police were called to an address in Eastbourne at 6.45pm on Sunday over concerns for the well-being of a woman.

King of Cornfield Terrace was arrested the following day.

At a preliminary hearing at Lewes Crown Court today, the 59-year-old was told a five-day trial was set for June next year.

Sabrina ran Cooper’s Magic Shops in Eastbourne, the family business started by her father, Tommy’s brother David.

She was described by neighbors as a beautiful woman.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers said: “Our thoughts are with Sabrina’s family and friends at this difficult time. We support them and keep them informed of the progress of this fast-paced investigation.

“We understand that this incident will also cause excitement and concern in the community and I would like to reassure people that this is being treated as an isolated incident involving people who know each other and with no threat to the general public .

“We have already conducted an extensive investigation and this has resulted in one person being arrested and charged within 48 hours of police first visiting the address.

“These investigations will continue while the case goes to trial and we encourage anyone with any concerns or information regarding the incident to contact us.”

Anyone with information should call the police on 101 and specify Operation Dorsal. An Eastbourne man accused of the murder of Sabrina Cooper appears in court

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