Wednesday, January 20, 2016

34-Year Old Glamorous Ski Blonde Charged With The Murder Of 60-Year Old

A 34-year-old ski worker has appeared at a court this morning charged with the murder of businesswoman Sadie Hartley. Sarah Williams was remanded in custody following a brief hearing before magistrates in Blackburn this morning. She is accused of killing the mother-of-two in a knife attack at her £450,000 home on Thursday.

Ms Williams spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address. She will appear again at Preston Crown Court on Friday.

Detectives raided her buy-to-let property in Leasowe, Wirral, on Sunday, ripping up floorboards, searching garden bins and removing computers and phones.  Ms Williams was arrested on Saturday. A second woman, aged 55, was taken in for question by police on Monday. She was arrested and remains in custody.

Ms Hartley's long-term partner Ian Johnston, 54, a retired firefighter and ski instructor, has been questioned by officers – though not as a suspect. He was in Switzerland training military personnel at the time of the mother-of-two's death. It is believed Ms Hartley was booked on a flight to Geneva on the Saturday morning to join him. 

The successful businesswoman was found stabbed to death in the hallway of the £450,000 home she shared with Mr Johnston in the village of Helmshore, Lancashire, on Friday night.

As forensic analysis continued at Ms Hartley's £450,000 home, police confirmed they were probing claims the mother-of-two was part of a love triangle.