THE household of Tommy Cooper’s niece have paid tribute after she was discovered lifeless at her dwelling.
Sabrina Cooper, 68, was allegedly found “lined in blood” within the hallway of her Eastbourne flat on Sunday.
Tony King, 59, who was identified to her, has been charged with homicide and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
Sabrina’s “devastated” household have now paid tribute to the “beloved” gran, who was the niece of comedian Tommy Cooper.
They mentioned: “For the previous two years, Sabrina has not loved good well being however in true Sabrina fashion she bravely confronted up to her sickness.
“Recovering from a latest operation and in full restoration, Sabrina was wanting ahead to a brand new and thrilling recent begin in a brand new dwelling she was planning to occupy early subsequent 12 months.
“Sabrina was not an advanced particular person, actually it was the easy issues in life that she cherished probably the most, her household, pals and naturally her canine.
“Christmas was Sabrina’s favorite time of the 12 months. She all the time ready early, wrapping presents, planning and adorning her home. For her, it was a time of pleasure and a time to rejoice with her household and pals.”
The devastated household mentioned “loving and devoted” mum Sabrina was standard in Eastbourne and loved strolling her canine.
They added: “She was cherished by so many, and the tributes paid to her over the previous few days are a testomony to this.
“Like us, her canine Abra and Tips can’t perceive what has occurred as they pine, staring on the door, anticipating Sabrina to return.
“We all know this may by no means occur, by no means once more will we share jokes, foolish tales or any motive to merely have an excellent chortle.”
Police have been scrambled to Sabrina’s dwelling following issues for the welfare of a girl.
Tragically she could not be saved and was declared lifeless on the scene.
Sabrina was associated to comedian and magician Tommy – who died on stage from a coronary heart assault in 1984 – via her dad David, who was Tommy’s brother.
She ran Cooper’s Magic Retailers in Eastbourne till it closed down in 2017.
King was remanded in custody when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court docket on Thursday.
No pleas have been entered with a provisional trial date set for June 19.