Friday, October 11, 2019

Woman who complained of builder's poor job at her home is 'murdered' by him

A builder is accused of tying up, r*ping and murdering his client in her own home after she complained to his bosses about his work.

Suzanne Fairman, 53, was found brutally slain in her own bathtub with the water still running in May.

Police in Richmond, Virginia, said builder Thomas E Clark, 59, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of r*pe, murder and abduction with intent to defile.

According to reports, police had been called to Ms Fairman's home after relatives became worried when she didn't show up for a planned holiday.

Officers reportedly found a bloody steak knife on a nearby counter, along with a rubber glove and a wet bandanna with bloodsplatters.

The contractor who had been carrying out works on her home has been accused of tying Fairman up, s*xually assaulting her in her master bedroom then strangling her in her bathtub, the The Sun reports.

Authorities say Ms Fairman complained to Clark's supervisor about the work he had done on her deck and the quality of his labour.

It is alleged he then turned up on May 9, telling her he was there to finish the work.

After she allowed him into the property he is alleged to have tied her up, r*ped and murdered her.

A medical examiner found the Virginia Commonwealth University died of asphyxia.

Reports say Clark had previously served 15 years in jail for r*ping a woman in 1988.

In 2005 he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery after assaulting a woman inside her Richmond home and trying to extort money from her.

He served 10 years for that crime, and his electronic tag was removed just one week before Fairman was killed.

He has denied the crimes against Fairman.

He was already behind bars when police came to interview him about Fairman's death after authorities picked him up for failing to comply with his s*x offender registry requirements.