The family of the victim in a murder investigation has paid tribute to a “loving and devoted mother and grandmother”.
Sabrina Cooper, from Eastbourne, was found dead at her home in Connaught Road around 6.45pm on Sunday December 18 after raising concerns for her wellbeing.
A murder investigation was launched and Tony King, 59, of Cornfield Terrace, Eastbourne, was arrested and later charged with murder and possession of an assault weapon in a public place.
King, who was known to Sabrina, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday (December 22).. He was remanded in custody to appear on March 10 for a pre-trial hearing where he will formally present his pleadings.
A provisional hearing date was also set for June 19.
Sabrina’s family said the 68-year-old was looking forward to a “fresh start” after two years of poor health.
In a statement released to Sussex Police, Sabrina’s family said: “On behalf of the family we would like to thank everyone who has shown support and love over the past few days as this nightmare unfolded.
“We would like to thank Sussex Police for immediately deploying multiple resources to the crime scene.
“For the past two years, Sabrina has not been well, but in true Sabrina style, she bravely faced her illness.
“Sabrina was recovering from recent surgery and had made a full recovery looking forward to a new and exciting new beginning in a new home to move into early next year.
“Sabrina wasn’t a complicated person, in fact it was the simple things in life that she loved most, her family, friends and of course her dogs.
“Christmas was Sabrina’s favorite time of the year. She always prepared early enough, wrapped gifts, made plans and decorated her house. For her, it was a time of joy and a time to celebrate with her family and friends.
“A loving and devoted mother, beloved grandmother and well-loved member of the Eastbourne community, Sabrina enjoyed walking her dogs around Eastbourne where she met other like-minded people.
“She was loved by so many and the tributes she has received in recent days are a testament to that.
“Like us, their dogs Abra and Tricks can’t understand what happened as they make up, staring at the door and expecting Sabrina to come back. We know this will never happen, we will never again share jokes, silly stories or any reason to just have a good laugh.
“We are devastated as we try to come to terms with what has happened and we appeal that our privacy be respected as we navigate these difficult times.”
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