Police charge Mansfield woman with murder

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Police have charged a 48-year-old woman with murder, following the death of a Mansfield man.

Emiel Blankert (48), from the Ladybrook estate, turned up at hospital last Monday, suffering from serious injuries.

He died on Friday evening at King’s Mill Hospital, five days after admitting himself.

A post-mortem examination confirmed that he suffered serious injuries as a result of a sustained assault.

CCTV footage showed him heading into The Ladybrook pub on Ladybrook Lane, last Monday afternoon, police believe this was after he had sustained his injuries.

Michelle Swift, 48, of Ladybrook Place, Mansfield, has been charged with murder and is due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court today.

Mr Blankert was originally from Holland but is thought to have lived in a flat above shops on Ladybrook Place.

Since his death, the police have issued several appeals, with their latest calling on locals to help trace two women who police say could be key witnesses.

They are described as being in their 40s, under the influence of alcohol, and were spotted in the area over the weekend from Friday, 6th and Monday 9th December.

Det Chief Insp Tony Heydon, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are continuing to focus on tracing Emiel’s movements on Monday afternoon, in the few square miles of his home in Ladybrook.

Officers are conducting house to house enquiries and viewing CCTV of the area.

“We know that when Emiel went into The Ladybrook pub in Ladybrook Lane that afternoon around 4pm he had already been attacked. What we need to know is who was responsible? Were you in or around the area around this time? Did you see Emiel before he went into the pub? If so we need to hear from you.”

Meanwhile, local shopkeeper Terry Cook, who runs Terry’s DIY on Ladybrook Place, opposite where Emiel lived, said the horrific incident had been the talk of the estate.

He said: “I’ve never heard anyone have a complaint against him, he was very quiet and I never heard him get into an argument or raise his voice and I don’t think anyone ever had any trouble with him.

“It seemed he was well liked in the pub (The Ladybrook).

“After we heard about it there were police swarming all over the place, then the forensics turned up.

“There’s a lot been said around Ladybrook in the last few days, it’s all people have been talking about.”

Ward councillor, Sally Higgins also spoke of her shock.

“It’s shocking and sad that this has happened,” she said.

“It’s also tragic that this mas was attacked like this.

“The people of Ladybrook are resilient and I’m sure people will rally around and support each other.”

Anyone with information is being urged to call the police incident room on 01623 483118 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.