Rugby fan, 25, with ‘no known links’ to grandmother, 65, is charged with her murder after she was found ‘dismembered’ at her home in Welsh village
- Police said Luke Deeley, 25, had ‘no known links’ to June Fox-Roberts, 65
- Mother-of-three June was found dead with ‘horrific’ injuries in South Wales
- Art student Deeley is due before Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates charged with murder
A man has been charged with the murder of a kind-hearted grandmother who was found ‘dismembered’ in her home.
Luke Deeley, 25, had ‘no known links’ to retired IT consultant June Fox-Roberts, 65, according to police.
Mother-of-three Mrs Fox-Roberts was found dead with ‘horrific’ injuries in her detached home where she lived alone in the village of Llantwit Fardre, near Pontypridd, South Wales.
Deeley, from Pontypridd, is due before Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates later today charged with murder.
Senior investigating officer Det Supt Darren George said: ‘The charging of a 25-year-old local man is quite clearly a significant development in the investigation and I hope this goes some way in offering re-assurance to the local community.
‘I can also confirm that there are currently no known links between June and the person charged. I would again like to offer my personal thanks to the local community for their support during the investigation.’
Luke Deeley (pictured), 25, had ‘no known links’ to retired IT consultant June Fox-Roberts, 65, according to police
Police were called to Mrs Fox-Roberts’s detected three-bedroom house on Sunday after a call from a worried relative.
They launched a major murder inquiry after finding her dismembered body inside the property which stands alongside a small river and public footpath.
A tribute released by Mrs Fox-Roberts’s family described her as ‘a kind-hearted, generous woman who was never happier than when with family and friends around her’.
She ran a successful IT consultancy from her home and after retiring she spent her time baking cakes for locals in the Pontypridd area.
Police put out an appeal for a missing man days after Ms Fox-Roberts was found.
Police arrested former rugby player Deeley (pictured)
Ms Fox-Roberts (pictured) was found with multiple knife injuries at her detached house in the village of Llantwit Fardre, near Pontypridd, south Wales, where she lived alone
Neighbours were in shock after police discovered retired company director Ms Roberts dead at around 2.45pm on Sunday (pictured: The scene in Llantwit Fardre)
Mrs Fox-Roberts’s death is the second tragedy to hit her grown up children Sebastian, Abigail and Tristan, who have all been involved in the family IT business.
Their father Martin, who was divorced from Mrs Fox-Roberts, committed suicide in 2009 by riding his bicycle over cliffs in Cornwall.
An inquest recorded a suicide verdict after hearing the 58-year-old had told people he wanted to ‘fly away’.
A statement from her family said: ‘We are in utter shock about the death of our mother. Her murder will never make sense to us.
‘She was a kind hearted, generous woman who was never happier than when with family and friends around her.
‘She loved her family dearly and we will never be the same. We are heartbroken.’
Police sealed off woodland behind her home as part of the investigation. An arrest was made later.
The grandmother had lived in the property for more than 40 years and was well liked and respected in the community
Police said the killing had ‘shocked’ everyone in the village and patrols have been increased to reassure the public (pictured: Forensics at the scene)
Locals said Mrs Fox-Roberts had lived at the £200,000 home, one of only three detached houses on a large estate, for more than 40 years.
One neighbour said: ‘She was a lovely lady, we didn’t see a lot of her but she was dedicated to her family.
‘We’ve been told she had horrific injuries. Everyone is in a state of shock – it’s just dreadful.’
Conservative councillor Sam Trask said: ‘I’ve spoken to the police commander and I’ve heard the injuries were gruesome. She was a lovely kind lady who everyone liked. This is so shocking.
‘She was an amazing baker and did amazing cakes. She was very traditional and would never use a microwave. She was well liked by everyone.’