Maresfield Murder – man to appear at crown court today

Ralph Fairman, 50 a labourer of non fixed address, charged with the murder of Samantha Toms is due to appear before Lewes Crown Court.

The body of a woman discovered at a house in Maresfield has been formally identified as Samantha Toms.

The 47-year-old was tragically found dead at her home in Field End about 7.30am on Thursday (5 July), and police subsequently launched a murder investigation.

Ralph Fairman, 50, a labourer, of no fixed address, was arrested on the A22 at Ashurst Wood, near East Grinstead, shortly afterwards and was remanded in custody.

The Crown Prosecution authorised a charge of murder against Fairman, who appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and is now due to appear before Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday.

The defendant and the suspect had been in a relationship together, and no one else is being sought in connection with the incident.