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The Romanian suspect in the killing of a British grandmother made a sensational courtroom confession yesterday – and apologised to her family.
Cristian Sabou, 27, was picked up by police on Wednesday under a European Arrest Warrant, having been wanted over the claw hammer killing of Valerie Graves, 55.
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She had been house-sitting for a friend when she was killed in an idyllic coastal Sussex village over Christmas in 2013.
At his first appearance in court yesterday, Sabou – who lived in England for five years – spoke from the dock, in the presence of the judge, to admit to the killing in Bosham, West Sussex. He claimed it happened after he panicked when his victim caught him burgling the house in the dead of night.
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Standing below the chandeliers of the grand appeal court hearing room, Sabou was asked what he had to say to the family of Miss Graves, and replied: ‘I’m very sorry, I’m really sorry. I did not mean to harm her. It was an accident.
‘I was young, 21, childish, without a job, I did not have much money, it was my first time in England.
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‘I never did any harm in my life. Someone told me there was a lot of money in that house – I never went there to kill someone. I thought everybody was away.
In yesterday’s 40-minute extradition hearing in the province of Transylvania, Sabou agreed to a bid by Sussex Police to bring him back to Britain to face a charge of murder. Two detectives from the force were in court to assist the prosecution.
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Judge Claudia Ilies ruled that he would be flown to the UK within ten days – but added that if he was sentenced to...
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