Man in court today charged with wife's murder

WARM tributes have been paid to a former landlady who was found stabbed to death in her Suffolk home.

Craig Robinson

WARM tributes have been paid to a former landlady who was found stabbed to death in her Suffolk home.

The body of Sharon Eileen Green was discovered at the Old Bell pub in Main Road, Marlesford, near Wickham Market, by a member of her family at about 6.45am on Friday.

Last night her husband Paul Green, 59, was charged with her murder. He will appear before South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court this morning.

A post mortem concluded her death was as a result of stab wounds.

Yesterday friends paid tribute to the 53-year-old, describing her as a “beautiful person, both inside and out”.

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Rose Rose, who lives on the outskirts of Marlesford, used to work with Mrs Green at the Old Bell pub before it closed down five or six years ago.

She now works at the Salvation Army shop in Woodbridge and said Mrs Green would always pop in for a chat when she was in town.

She said: “I worked in the kitchen of the pub for about six months. After it closed I continued to be an acquaintance. They were a family that kept themselves to themselves but I got to know her through working in the pub - we had something in common because I also moved down from London.

“I last saw her a couple of months ago. She would always come in and say hello and spend ten or 15 minutes talking to me.

“She would greet me with a little kiss and a hug and we always parted the same as well. She was a very happy go lucky lady, with a beautiful smile and someone who always had a sparkle about her.

“She always made me laugh. I would remember our chat for hours afterwards because she always made me giggle. She was lovely. Beautiful looking and had a very bubbly personality. She was very friendly and loved her family - they were everything. It's so tragic because no one deserves to leave this world in that fashion - she was beautiful, both inside and out.”

Mrs Green is believed to have three grown up children, two sons and a daughter in their 20s and early 30s, and two young grandchildren.

It is thought they moved to Suffolk from north London and tried to establish themselves at the pub.

Another close friend, who did not want to be named but had known Mrs Green for about nine years, added: “She was a lovely person. Always happy, with a twinkle in her eye. She was an ideal landlady for the pub to become a focal point of the village but unfortunately the family received very little support.

“It has been a terrible shock for everybody. She worked incredibly hard and will be greatly missed by those who knew her. She was a good looking woman and she loved her dogs - she used to walk her German Shepherds in the village.”

Her husband was treated at Ipswich Hospital for spinal injuries for four days, after his van crashed on the A12 on Friday but was last night charged with her murder.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area of Marlesford or Wickham Market between midnight and 7am on Friday morning and may have seen or heard anything that may be relevant to the inquiry.

If you can help, call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.