Family pay tribute to woman, 96, found dead after Hampshire house fire

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Relatives of a 96-year-old woman allegedly murdered by a 26-year-old man have paid tribute to a “dear mum”.

The body of Emma Finch was found by firefighters after a blaze at her home on a quiet road in the village of Liss in Hampshire.

In a statement released through Hampshire police, her family said: “The death of our dear mum at the age of 96, has left a huge void in our lives, more so as to the circumstances surrounding her untimely death.

“We as a family would like to express our sincerest thanks to all the emergency services that attended mum’s house on Friday, and the extensive team now investigating mum’s death.

“The professionalism shown by all the services involved, the dignity shown to mum brings much comfort to us at this very difficult time, for which we are so very grateful. We as a family request privacy at this time to help us come to terms with our loss. RIP mum x”

Joshua Powell, 26, from Lindford in Hampshire, who has been charged with her murder, appeared before Portsmouth magistrates on Thursday.

Powell spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, and address before he was remanded into custody to appear at Portsmouth crown court on Friday.

Hampshire fire and rescue service attended a blaze at Mill Road in Liss at 4.29am last Friday. The police were called and arrived shortly after. Hampshire and Isle of Wight fire and rescue service confirmed that Finch’s body had been found at the scene.


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