Woman In Court Over Portsmouth Murder

A woman's due at Winchester Crown Court later charged with murder - after another woman was stabbed to death in Portsmouth.

36-year-old Nadine Burden was found seriously injured at a house on Toronto Road in Fratton late on Saturday night.

Victoria Arthur, who's 43 and from Milton Road, appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court yesterday (1 February) charged with her murder and was remanded in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court today.

A second woman arrested in connection with the incident, Julie Palmer, 52, also of Portsmouth, was charged with assisting an offender.

She also appeared at the magistrates' court and was remanded to appear at Winchester on 1 March.

Mr John Montague, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: 

"Having carefully considered the evidence presented to me by the police in this case, I have authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Victoria Arthur with murder, and Julie Palmer with the offence of assisting an offender, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Hampshire Police said: 

'The charges follow an incident in which a woman was found injured at an address in Toronto Road, Fratton, at 11.58pm on Saturday 28 January.

'Nadine Burden, 36, of Toronto Road, was pronounced dead at the scene.

'Specialist family liaison officers are working with the family.'

Detective Inspector Simon Baker said: 

"We are still keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Toronto Road between 10.30pm and midnight on Saturday.

"If you were in the area at this time and have not yet contacted police about this incident, please do, as you may have valuable information for us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44170036119, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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