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Son is charged with murder after his beauty boss mother found dead

A man is set to appear in court today accused of murdering his mother at her home.

Beauty consultant Fiona Fisher, 51, was found dead at her £1million house by police after relatives became concerned when she did not answer calls.

Officers arrested her son, 22-year-old Thomas Fisher, at the scene on Friday. He will appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder, fraud, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Fiona Fisher (pictured), 51, was found dead by police at her Victorian home in Crowborough

Her son was arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at a house in Sussex

Her son was arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at a house in Sussex

Detectives are trying to piece together what happened inside the property in Crowborough, East Sussex, after reportedly finding blood in the bedroom.

The family of Mrs Fisher, who also had a daughter, 20-year-old Megan, said they were struggling to come to terms with the tragedy as officers scoured the house for clues.

A statement said: ‘Fiona will be sadly missed by her daughter Megan, her mother Dorothy and stepfather Les, as well as her father. There are no words to explain the love those around her felt for her, she is irreplaceable.’

The family of Fiona (pictured) have paid tribute to their 'irreplaceable' loved one

The family of Fiona (pictured) have paid tribute to their 'irreplaceable' loved one

The family of Fiona (pictured) have paid tribute to their ‘irreplaceable’ loved one

Police were called to the home to carry out a welfare check on the woman and arrested the man following a search of the property

Police were called to the home to carry out a welfare check on Fiona and arrested the man following a search of the property

Lordswell Lane is pictured after the man was arrested on suspicion of murder in Crowborough

Lordswell Lane is pictured after the man was arrested on suspicion of murder in Crowborough

Mrs Fisher was found dead on Friday evening at the double-fronted Victorian detached home where she had lived since 2000.

Investigators said they were ‘not seeking anyone else’ over the death. The five-bedroom property had been on and off the market over the past year, and neighbours said they had rarely seen the victim in recent months.

Mrs Fisher worked as an assistant manager for upmarket beauty products brand L’Occitane in nearby Tunbridge Wells, according to one online profile.

The 22-year-old is related to the dead woman found in the Crowborough home, Sussex police said

The 22-year-old is related to the dead woman found in the Crowborough home, Sussex police said

Officers spoke to the man and searched the four bedroom Victorian house worth £750,000

Officers spoke to the man and searched the four bedroom Victorian house worth £750,000

Neighbours said she was in a relationship with a new man after splitting from her husband Ian, 52, a former hedge fund sales director.

Mr Fisher now runs a company offering bespoke services to supercar owners based at Dunsfold Park in Surrey, the home of BBC’s Top Gear.

One neighbour said: ‘I haven’t seen her for months because I know she was trying to sell the property for a year or so.

‘She’s spent most of her time building a new life with someone, I think that’s why she was trying to sell the house.

‘Along this lane, we all know each other and all the neighbours are very friendly with each other but she was private.

‘She didn’t really want to be involved in that sort of thing.

This picture of the rear of the four-bedroom house appeared on the website of a Crowborough estate agent 

This picture of the rear of the four-bedroom house appeared on the website of a Crowborough estate agent 

‘I hadn’t seen her since before Christmas actually.

‘It’s a real shock really. I’m very surprised. She kept herself quite to herself.’

Neighbours said the property had failed to sell due to a lack of parking on the isolated country lane on the outskirts of the town. Yesterday, police remained at the house and a black forensics tent concealed the front door.

The garden of the Crowborough house is pictured on the website of a local estate agent 

The garden of the Crowborough house is pictured on the website of a local estate agent 

Another neighbour said: ‘This has stunned us. We live in a fairly remote spot and people were extremely nervous to hear it could be a murder investigation. It is a lovely property, very expensive, and has been sold several times over the years. No one seems to have seen or heard anything.

‘This is such a sleepy hollow. We are in a state of disbelief something like this could happen. I didn’t know the woman well but she was always pleasant and friendly.’

Police said they had been called at 7.20pm on Friday.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘Officers arrested a man after finding the body of a woman on Friday evening. After speaking to him, he was arrested on suspicion of murder. He is currently in custody and we are not seeking anyone else in connection with this inquiry.’

 

 

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