Family Tribute To Murder Victim

The family of a Romanian man who was found stabbed to death at a plant nursery near Chichester on Boxing Day have paid tribute to him.

A post-mortem examination found Tasin Sugaip, 45, died from multiple stab wounds to his chest before he was found.

His body was discovered at a nursery in Batchmere, near Chichester, West Sussex, at 12.20am.

Mr Sugaip was visiting the UK from his home in the eastern Romanian port city of Tulcea. His wife Eugenia and 19-year-old daughter Sibel flew in to help police inquiries and formally identify him. They have paid the following tribute to him.

"Tasin was a hard working and professional man who came to England in order to try and provide a better life for his family in Romania.  My daughter and I would like to appeal to anyone who had contact with Tasin in the short time he was in England to contact the police and tell them anything that will help in finding out what happened to him.

We, his family and our local community where Tasin had many friends are deeply shocked and heartbroken at the loss of a wonderful husband, father and colleague.  We have every confidence that Sussex Police are fully investigating the matter. We wish to thank all the police officers involved."

53-year-old Romanian Gheorghe Badea from Second Avenue in Batchmere was later charged with murder by detectives.

He appeared before Chichester Magistrates' Court  on Dec 30th 2010 and was remanded in custody.

He will next appear at Lewes Crown Court on January the 4th.