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Family tribute to Congleton woman as man, 47, charged with murder

The family of a Congleton woman whose body was discovered last week have said they are ‘devastated by the tragic loss of her life’.

A 47-year-old man from Congleton has been charged with murder following the death of Samantha Heap.

David Mottram, of Nursery Lane, has been remanded in custody. He appeared before Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, via a video link, and was committed to Chester Crown Court on Friday, 5th March. He was remanded in custody and will return to the court on Friday, 28th May.

He faces a charge that on 2nd March in Congleton, he murdered Samantha Heap.

He was arrested in Nursery Lane at around 11.15pm on 2nd March after officers found the body of a woman at an address in the close that night. She was later named as Ms Heap, who was 45 years old.

In a statement her family said: “Samantha had a real zest for life. She loved music and helping people, and she always saw the best in everyone. We are devastated by the tragic loss of her life.”

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