Died 5th April 2014

Sandra Boakes (70) died in hospital on 5th April 2014. She had been attacked in her home in Grasmere Avenue, Sompting, Sussex on 3rd April 2014.

Ms Boakes was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with critical injuries after being attacked. She was treated for her injuries but died while in hospital.

Dudley Boakes (79) has been charged with attempted murder. He was remanded at Brighton Magistrates’ Court to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 25th April.

Police have confirmed that no decision will be made on any further charges until the cause of death has been established by the post mortem.

Detective Inspector Gordon Denslow, of Sussex Police, who is leading the investigation into the attack, said: “Sadly, Mrs Boakes succumbed to her injuries early on Saturday evening and passed away at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this dreadfully tragic time.”

Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Argus.

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