Names and faces of women and girls lost to male violence in Surrey and Sussex

The recent death of Sarah Everard, who went missing when walking home from a friend’s house, has sparked a national debate over women’s safety. Many have taken to social media to share their own stories, and ministers are now facing increasing pressure to ensure women feel safer on the streets. Sarah, 33, disappeared after leaving her friend’s house in Leathwaite Road, Clapham, to walk back to her home in Brixton at around 9pm on Wednesday, March 3.

She was reported missing to police the following day. Human remains, later confirmed to be those of Sarah, were subsequently found in woodland in Kent on March 10. Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has been charged with Sarah’s kidnap and murder, but he has not been convicted. A provisional trial date has been set for October 25.

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There’s an ‘unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. Numerous women have tragically lost their lives as a result of male violence in Surrey and Sussex. There have been at least six cases where a man has been convicted over the past two decades – one of which involved a teenage girl. SurreyLive has looked back at some of the most recent cases in Surrey, and in neighbouring county West Sussex, details of which can be found below.

Angela Tarver, Woking

Names and faces of women and girls lost to male violence in Surrey and SussexAngela Tarver was killed by her own son, Philip

Angela Tarver’s life was “cruelly extinguished” when her son murdered her with a replica sword in Woking, just days before Christmas Day in 2019.

Angela was found dead in her home in Julian Close, Woking, after her son Philip Tarver stabbed her “through the heart” with the 32.4cm blade. The 86-year-old was found “motionless” by her husband Colin after he heard “a scream and the crash of a chair from the kitchen” on December 19. Philip Tarver, 47, of Julian Close, Woking, was convicted by a jury at the Old Bailey on October 5 last year following a trial which lasted nearly five weeks.

He was found guilty of stabbing his elderly mother Angela and of threatening to kill his father Colin, who was 84.

Names and faces of women and girls lost to male violence in Surrey and SussexTarver was found guilty of murder following the incident in Woking in December 2019

Colin paid heartfelt tribute to his wife at a sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey on October 8. He told the court: “The loss of my wife Angela has devastated me. Never a day passes when I do not think about her and the times we had together.

“She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose generous nature and love of life was a joy to all who knew her. “Despite having a stroke in June 1991, she was determined to carry on as normal a life as possible. Over the years, she became more and more disabled but carried on despite this with her interests and activities.

“I have lost my best friend and the love of my life. She was the light of my life and now the light has gone out, cruelly extinguished. “The 19th December 2019 was the last time I would ever see Angela and I was never able to say goodbye to her.”

Aliny Godinho, Ewell

Names and faces of women and girls lost to male violence in Surrey and SussexAliny Godinho was murdered by her estranged husband

Aliny Godinho was murdered by her estranged husband while holding her three-year-old daughter’s hand.

The mother-of-four had been on the school run on February 8, 2019 and got off a bus in London Road, Ewell, when she was confronted by Ricardo Godinho. The 41-year-old had waited, armed with a knife, in a car park at nearby Nonsuch Park until he saw Aliny and their child, before driving his black pickup truck alongside them. He then stabbed Aliny, 39, “up to seven times” during a 17-second attack and subsequently fled the scene, leaving his daughter with her dying mother.

Names and faces of women and girls lost to male violence in Surrey and SussexRicardo Godinho was found guilty of murder

Ricardo was convicted of murder on July 18, 2019, following a 13-day trial at Guildford Crown Court.

In a tribute released through Surrey Police following his conviction, Aliny’s family said: “Aliny was a beautiful, intelligent, happy, caring woman who was loved by so many people, both in the UK, and in her home country of Brazil. “The events of Friday, February 8 took away not only a sister, daughter, grandchild and friend, but more importantly, took a loving mother away from her four small children.”

Christine Lee and Lucy Lee, Tilford

Names and faces of women and girls lost to male violence in Surrey and SussexChristine Lee (left) and Lucy Lee (right) were shot dead by John Lowe

In February 2014, John Lowe murdered Christine Lee, 66, and her daughter Lucy, 40, at his home in Tilford. The 82-year-old shot them both at close range with a double-barrelled shotgun, later telling police he had to “put them down”.

He denied murder, saying the double killing had been an accident, but was convicted at Guildford Crown Court in October of the same year. He was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 25 years. However, he died in prison on August 4, 2018, just four years later.

A 2019 inquest into the Lee deaths found that Surrey Police failings contributed to the murders.

Sandy Seagrave and Amy Appleton, Crawley Down

Names and faces of women and girls lost to male violence in Surrey and SussexAmy Appleton (L) and Sandy Seagrave (R) died as result of head injuries

On December 22, 2019, as with many other small communities, Crawley Down was preparing to wind down for Christmas with family and friends. Festive lights sparkled along the small shopping parade and on houses, and people grabbed the last few bits of food and drink they needed. However, that morning, the tight-knit community was turned upside down when Sandy Seagrave, 76, and Amy Appleton, 32, were found dead in the street in Hazel Way.

A 37-year-old man was found inside a property with serious injuries on the same day and was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder. What should have been a time of joy and kindness turned into one of mourning, and the period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve took on a very different mood.

Names and faces of women and girls lost to male violence in Surrey and SussexA candlelit vigil was held in Crawley Down on December 27, 2019, to commemorate the lives of the two women

Daniel Appleton, 38, an engineer, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, was later found guilty of killing his wife Amy and passer-by Sandy Seagrave following a six-week trial. Sandy had tried to intervene when she saw Appleton attacking his wife.

Appearing at Lewes Crown Court, in East Sussex, on January 25 this year, he was sentenced to serve a minimum of 26-and-a-half years in prison, Sussex Police said. Sandy’s family paid tribute to her in a statement issued by the force, which said: “She was one-of-a-kind, an eccentric character who was stubbornly independent, feisty, brave and not afraid of anything. “She was devoted to children and especially animals, including a wild fox who we are continuing to feed now that she has gone.”

In a tribute for Amy, her family said: “We have lost a beautiful, caring daughter, sister and friend. Amy had an amazing personality. She was such a strong, positive person who always smiled.

“She was a rock for her family, a rock for her friends and most of all a rock for herself. Amy always thought of others before herself.”

Sharon Birchwood, Ashtead

Names and faces of women and girls lost to male violence in Surrey and SussexA documentary unravelled Sharon Birchwood’s murder and how police solved the mystery

Paul Cryne was jailed in August 2010 for his part in the murder of Ashtead woman Sharon Birchwood. The 52-year-old disabled woman was found strangled in 2007 after her ex-husband Graham Birchwood hired Cryne to kill her for a GBP30,000 fee.

Birchwood had been jailed a year earlier, also for murder. He was in debt and was said to gain hundreds of thousands from the death of his wife. An ITV documentary called Police Tapes examined the murder and aired in 2018.

Milly Dowler, Walton

Names and faces of women and girls lost to male violence in Surrey and SussexMurdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler

In June 2011, serial killer Levi Bellfield was convicted and jailed for murdering Walton schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

The 13-year-old went missing on March 21, 2002, at around 4pm, after getting a train to Walton station. She was walking home from school when she vanished. After an extensive search by Surrey Police, involving police dogs and underwater teams, Milly’s decomposed body was discovered in Yateley Heath woods nearly six months later.

The murder of the innocent schoolgirl stunned millions of people and led to an exhausting and hugely challenging investigation to the bring the killer to justice.

Bellfield was responsible for multiple attacks on women and was found guilty of three murders and an attempted murder.