Man charged with killing mum-of-three

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­group.co.uk

A MOTHER-OF-THREE has died af­ter be­ing at­tacked in an al­ley­way just off God­frey Walk in Ash­ford last Thurs­day.

Susie Smith, 50, also known as Susie Beaney, died at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal af­ter the in­ci­dent which hap­pened at about 6.45pm.

Flow­ers have been left at the scene from friends and fam­ily in the al­ley than runs be­tween Christchurch Road and God­frey Walk.

One from her chil­dren reads: “To mum, we love you and will miss you.

“Never thought it would end this way.

“Wish we could have had more laughs and years to­gether. We will al­ways be think­ing of you and you will al­ways be in our hearts.”

An­other from a friend adds: “Susie, al­ways a smile and a kindly word for my boys. Hope you are at peace.”

Po­lice closed the al­ley off on Thurs­day. Foren­sic of­fi­cers were also seen en­ter­ing the first block of Water­man House which runs along­side the al­ley.

A neigh­bour, who did not want to be named, told the Ken­tish Ex­press: “I knew her but I didn’t see or hear any­thing.

“The first I knew of it was when I came home at about 10.30pm and the po­lice had taped the al­ley­way off.

“No one was al­lowed down it. Po­lice have been com­ing and go­ing all day.”

An­other neigh­bour added: “I knew Susie pretty well and she was al­ways around here be­cause I think her boyfriend lived in God­frey Walk. It’s a hor­ri­ble thing to have hap­pened.”

Steven Brooker, of Water­man House, ap­peared at Dover Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day charged with Susie Smith’s murder.

He is due to ap­pear at Maid­stone Crown Court again this week af­ter be­ing re­manded in cus­tody. A date for this has not yet been set.

Pic­tures: Gary Browne PD1704795

Flow­ers and trib­utes to Susie Smith have been left at the scene of the at­tack

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A foren­sic of­fi­cer at the scene

A po­lice of­fi­cer at God­frey Walk on Fri­day morn­ing

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