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Croydon: Man charged with the murder of his 89-year-old grandmother

Sakunthala Francis, 89, was found with stab wounds at her home on Tuesday night (Image: UKNIP)

A 31-year-old man has been accused of murdering his grandmother in her own home.

Verushan Manoharan is accused of stabbing 89-year-old Sakunthala Francis.

Police and paramedics rushed to her home in Thornton Heath, south London, around 9.20pm on Tuesday.

Paramedics tried to save the pensioner, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Manoharan was arrested a short time later at another address in Croydon, not far from the crime scene.

He appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court, where he was remanded in custody to appear for a bail hearing at the Old Bailey on Monday.

An inquiry has been launched into the death of a woman in Croydon. Police were called by London Ambulance Services at around 9:20pm on Tuesday 21 June to a woman who suffered stab wounds at a residential address on Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath. Officials attended along with ambulance colleagues. An 89-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman's family has been informed and is being supported by specialist officials. A formal identification and autopsy will be arranged in due course. A man in his 30s was arrested a short time later at a different address in Croydon. He was taken into police custody. The investigation continues to determine the full circumstances. At this stage, no one else is being sought in connection with the death. The woman and the arrested man are said to have known each other. Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call 101, ref. 7790/21jun.

Despite paramedics’ efforts to save her, Ms Francis was pronounced dead at the scene (UKNewsinPictures)

Manoharan is also scheduled to appear in the same court on July 21.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

A Met Police spokesman said: “Inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances.

“At this stage, no one else is wanted in connection with the death. The deceased and the accused are grandmother and grandson.”

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