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Tribute paid to Clacton murder victim Kathleen Griffin

PUBLISHED: 14:04 21 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:16 22 December 2015

Kathy Griffin with her son Dale

Kathy Griffin with her son Dale

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A man has appeared in court this morning charged with the murder of Clacton woman Kathleen Griffin, 57.

Kathy GriffinKathy Griffin

Scott Hilling, 25, was charged yesterday with her murder, with the alleged offence taking place between Thursday and Friday last week (December 17-18).

Hilling, of no fixed address, appeared before Colchester magistrates this morning for a preliminary hearing.

He was arrested by police late on Friday evening after Kathy’s body was discovered at an address in Old Road, Clacton, earlier that day.

A forensic post-mortem examination has given the preliminary cause of the woman’s death as multiple stab wounds.

Police at the scene in Clacton.Police at the scene in Clacton.

Hilling was not asked to enter a plea during today’s short hearing.

Magistrates remanded him in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court for a preliminary hearing tomorrow.

Today Kathy’s son Dale McMullan has paid tribute to his mother.

He said: “Kathy will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

“We have lost a loving mother, sister and grandma.

“There is now a space in our family that can never be filled.

“We, the family, would respectfully ask for time for us to grieve.”

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