Police release picture of mother-of-two, 43, found dead at junction with stab wounds

Andy Wells
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Emma McArthur died in Thatcham after suffering 'significant injuries'. (Thames Valley Police)
Emma McArthur died in Thatcham after suffering 'significant injuries'. (Thames Valley Police)

The woman who was found dead at a road junction in Thatcham last week has been identified by police.

Emma McArthur, 43, was found with “significant injuries” at Crookham Hill, Crookham Common, Thatcham, Berkshire, at 11.45pm on Thursday, 1 April.

She was found with stab wounds to her neck, chest and back.

Thames Valley Police have released a tribute from Ms McArthur’s family, who described her as a “loving mother, daughter and friend”.

Christopher Minards appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court on Monday chrged with Emma McArthur's murder. (Wikipedia)
Christopher Minards appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with Emma McArthur's murder. (Wikipedia)

The tribute read: “Darling Emma, spiritual, spontaneous and a free spirit – with a love of mother nature especially animals and the outdoors. You had a thirst for learning, new skills and could turn your hand to most things.

“Practical – you have never shied away from life’s challenges, caring, thoughtful and always saw the best in everyone. A mother who always put her children before herself and whose love touched all those who were blessed with being able to call her a friend.

“Definitely unique and a one off. How empty our lives will be without you.”

Christopher Minards, 35, of Station Road, Thatcham, has been charged with Ms McArthur’s murder and one count of being in possession of a bladed article in a public place.

Minards appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court on Monday before being remanded in custody.

Prosecution counsel Shane Hauschild said Minards and Ms McArthur “were known to each other” after meeting on Facebook in June 2019.

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