Tribute to dead sister

THE sister of a woman found stabbed to death in her home has paid tribute to her. The body of Carolyn Smith, aged 40, was discovered by police at the semi-detached home she shared with her husband Derek, in Stanmore Road in Stevenage Old Town, on January

THE sister of a woman found stabbed to death in her home has paid tribute to her.

The body of Carolyn Smith, aged 40, was discovered by police at the semi-detached home she shared with her husband Derek, in Stanmore Road in Stevenage Old Town, on January 24.

She had received multiple stab wounds.

Her husband, 59, was arrested at their home and later charged with her murder at Stevenage Magistrates' Court.


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Carolyn, who moved to Stevenage three years ago, was Smith's second wife.

Speaking on behalf of Carolyn's family and friends, her sister said: "Carolyn had just celebrated her 40th birthday and recently it was clear to see that she was at one of the happiest times of her life.

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"She was always the life and soul of any party, very generous and caring.

"She was supportive of family and her close knit group of friends and she was devoted to her goddaughter.

"I can't describe the feeling of loss that is being felt by everyone who knew her well."

Her sister continued: "Over the past few years I saw her grow and develop into a confident, thoughtful and special person.

"She worked as the HR manager at Brocket Hall in Lemsford where she had been for over 14 years. She had gained the love and respect from all those that knew her there."

She added: "Family and friends are now supporting each other through this difficult time and we are now trying to fill the holes she has left in all our lives, and would like to request that we are left alone to do this."

A spokesman for Brocket Hall said: "Carolyn was a long serving employee. She was absolutely dedicated to her job and we are all extremely saddened by what has happened."

Smith, a grandfather, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Luton Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on April 30.

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