Romanian national arrested on suspicion of murder of woman in Sussex

Valerie Graves was murdered in 2013.

A man has been arrested in Romania on the suspicion of the murder of a Sussex woman.

Police said 55-year-old mother and grandmother Valerie Graves was brutally murdered in the bedroom of a property in Smugglers Lane, Bosham on December 30 2013.

She had been staying at there while the owners were away over the Christmas period.

Yesterday (Tuesday, 9), 28-year-old Romanian national Cristian Sabou was arrested at his address in Dej, on a European Arrest Warrant.

Sabou’s extradition is now being sought through the Romanian courts, and he is to appear court in Cluj-Napoca to face extradition proceedings.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Fanner said:

“This is a major development in the case.

“It follows detailed enquiries in Romania by officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, in which we were assisted by valuable liaison with local law enforcement officers of the General Police Inspectorate, Criminal Investigations Directorate, Bucharest, the Criminal Investigation Service in Cluj, and the Special Operations Brigade in Cluj, also the local prosecutor.

“We have worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service throughout and they have authorised the prosecution. We have also had valuable support from the National Crime Agency’s overseas network.

“Valerie’s family have been kept informed of developments but they are not making any public statement at this time.

“We now hope to ensure, subject to the decision of the Romanian courts and judicial authorities, Sabou’s return to this country for an appearance before magistrates with a view to his being sent for Crown Court trial.

“This is a major development in our task of achieving justice for Valerie and her family, but now the case is before the courts, proceedings are active, and we are not in a position to disclose any further information at this time.”