Aliny Mendes’ estranged husband in court charged with her murder

February 12, 2019
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A 41-year-old man from Epsom has appeared in court charged with murdering his estranged wife.

Aliny Mendes, 39, died at the roadside after she was attacked at the corner of Sparrow Farm Road and London Road in Ewell on Friday afternoon (February 8). A post-mortem found she had died from stab wounds.

Ricardo Godinho, of Kingston Road, Epsom, was arrested later that day and charged with murder and possession of a knife in a public place on Sunday evening (February 10).

On Monday (February 11), Godinho appeared at Staines Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary hearing before being sent to Guildford Crown Court that afternoon.

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At both hearings he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and nationalities – Brazilian and Italian.

He was remanded in custody by Judge Alexia Durran and will next appear at Guildford Crown Court on March 15 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

Tributes and flowers have been left at the scene
(Image: Grahame Larter)

After the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Chapman said: “Officers will continue to patrol Ewell and provide reassurance to the public following the tragic incident on Friday, where sadly, Aliny Mendes lost her life.

“A post-mortem examination has concluded that Aliny died as a result of stab wounds.

“I can now confirm that Aliny Mendes and Ricardo Godinho were married, but had separated.

“However, I would continue to urge people not to speculate about the details around the circumstances of what happened, and that if anyone has any information that could help with our investigation, to get in touch with us.”

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DCI Chapman added that the police had already received a “phenomenal” amount of contact from witnesses.

He said: “I would like to thank the community for the help and support they have provided over the last few days.

“They have really pulled together at what is an extremely difficult time for all.”

If you have any information that could help the investigation, you should call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference PR/45190014238, report it online or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/aliny-mendes-estranged-husband-court-15815252


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