Died 20th October 2013

Nicole Waterhouse (32) was killed and her friend and colleague Karen Browne (23) was seriously injured in a knife attack at their flat in York. Ms Browne was taken to York District Hospital with stab wounds to her shoulders. She was described as “fighting for her life”.

Jeremy Green (25) has been charged with murder and attempted murder. He was remanded in custody at York Magistrates’ Court. He will reappear at Leeds Crown Court on 6th November 2013.

Six hours after police discovered the women, who had been the victims of a “sustained attack”, officers arrested Green at an address one mile away in York. He is said to be known to at least one of the victims.

Ms Waterhouse was an estate agent working for Hunters Estate Agency. She was the daughter of the founding partner, John Waterhouse and worked as a sales negotiator in the York office. Ms Browne was a sales negotiator in the firm’s Wetherby branch.

Managing director Kevin Hollinrake said: “Everyone is just devastated. We are a very close business and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with Nicki’s family at this time. Nicki always had a smile on her face and will be deeply missed by everyone.”

Ms Waterhouse’s family refused to comment yesterday. Ms Browne’s family were believed to be at her bedside at York District Hospital.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, of North Yorkshire Police’s major crime unit, confirmed the man arrested was known to at least one of the victims.

Ian Clancy, who lives in a top-floor flat facing the murder scene, said he heard banging coming from the flats opposite shortly before the ambulance arrived. He said: “Minutes later police turned up and I knew it was something really bad going on because I have never seen so many police. There must have been nine police vehicles and two ambulances at one stage. Then, a good half hour to 40 minutes later, I saw a girl coming out on a stretcher. She didn’t look good. It’s just unbelievable. It’s just devastating really.”

A police spokesperson said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn said: “Both girls suffered multiple serious injuries and the attack must have been a sustained one. Clearly Nicole died from her injuries and Karen is critically ill in hospital.”

He added: “Detectives will be guided by medical staff as to the appropriate time to speak with Karen. To assist this investigation we appeal to anybody who can assist us with both girl’s movements during Sunday 20th October from approximately 7am through to the time they were discovered at approximately 7.30pm. If you were with either or both of them and can assist us piece together where they have been during these hours, it is essential that you come forward. We are also still searching for mobile phones belonging to the victims and suspect. These are a white Samsung Galaxy phone in a pink slip cover and a white iPhone.”

Detective Superintendent Malyn added: “We are still looking for the weapon or weapons used. If you were in the area prior to the incident being reported to the police and witnessed or heard a disturbance, I urge you to get in touch.”

Lisa Browne, a member of Ms Browne’s family, wrote on Facebook: “It’s at times like this reality hits and you realise that the important things in life isn’t what you own, what you drive, where you go on holiday but family. Family cannot be bought and cannot be replaced. Cherish them, love them, spoil them, forgive them but most of all love them – they can be taken away in a heartbeat.”

Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph.

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