County News: Man charged with murder of Sussex student

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A man has been charged with the murder of 21-year-old woman who was found in a burning car in Sussex on Friday (March 13) according to police.

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, 26, of Lakeside, Beckenham, London, was charged today with the murder of Janet Müller, police said.

The student from Eastbourne was discovered in the boot of a Volkswagen Jetta car, in Rusper Road, Ifield, near Crawley, shortly after 2.30pm.

Miss Müller was reporting missing from Mill View Hospital in Nevill Avenue, Hove, on Thursday (March 12).

She was a University of Brighton student, studying at the Eastbourne campus.

The cause of death has been given as smoke inhalation.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “Specially trained officers are supporting Janet’s family at this extremely difficult time.

“Although we have charged a man with murder, I am appealing for information from anyone who may have seen Janet on Thursday night (March 12). She was last seen at Mill View at 10.15pm.

“If anyone saw her leaving the hospital or walking in the area, we need to hear from you.”

Miss Müller was of mixed race, slim and 5’ 7’ with shoulder length dark brown afro hair and brown eyes. She was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Madeira or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Jeffrey-Shaw has been remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (19 March).

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