Detectives investigating the death of a woman in Christchurch have charged a man with murder

At around 2.45am on Sunday 26 August 2018 officers were called to an address in Park Gardens following a report that a woman had sustained serious injuries. Sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene.

She has been named by detectives as 37-year-old Sharon Perrett, although formal identification is yet to take place.

Sharon’s family has been informed and is being updated by specially trained officers. The coroner has also been notified.

An initial post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday, Monday 27 August 2018, which indicated the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

A murder investigation was launched by detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

Today, Tuesday 28 August 2018, Daniel Raymond O’Malley-Keyes, 38 and of Christchurch, has been charged with murder. He is due to appear before Poole Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Wednesday 29 August 2018.

Detective Inspector Rich Dixey, of MCIT, said: “Following a fast-moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorised a charge of murder.

“Family liaison officers have updated Sharon’s family with this development and continue to support them.

“It is also important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the court process. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”

A cordon remains in place at the address in Park Gardens and there will continue to be increased patrols in the area by local officers, who can be approached by members of the community with any concerns.

Anyone with information about the incident who has not already spoken to officers is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 26:57. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.