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31-year-old Man accused of stabbing his 89-year-old gran to death in her flat

Sakunthala Francis, 89, was found with stab wounds at her home on Tuesday evening (Picture: UKNIP)

A 31-year-old man has been charged with murdering his grandmother in her own home.

Verushan Manoharan is accused of stabbing 89-year-old Sakunthala Francis to death.

Police and paramedics rushed to her home in Thornton Heath, south London, at around 9.20pm on Tuesday.

Paramedics tried to save the pensioner but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Manoharan was arrested a short while later at another address in Croydon, not far from the murder scene.

He appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court where he was remanded in custody to attend the Old Bailey on Monday for a bail application hearing.

Manoharan has also been listed to appear at the same court on July 21.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘Enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances.

‘At this stage, nobody else is sought in connection with the death. The deceased and the man charged are grandmother and grandson.’



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