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Man charged with Ifield murder

Charged: Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw 

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman found in a burning car in Ifield.

The body of Janet Müller was discovered in the vehicle in Rusper Road on Friday, March 13, shortly after 2.30pm.

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, 26, of Lakeside, Beckenham, London, is accused of killing Janet, a 21-year-old student from Eastbourne.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday March 19.

Miss Müller was reported missing from Mill View Hospital in Nevill Avenue, Hove, on Thursday, March 12.

She was a University of Brighton student studying at the Eastbourne campus.

The cause of death has been given as smoke inhalation.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “Specially trained officers are supporting Janet’s family at this extremely difficult time.

“Although we have charged a man with murder, I am appealing for information from anyone who may have seen Janet on Thursday night (March 12). She was last seen at Mill View at 10.15pm.

“If anyone saw her leaving the hospital or walking in the area, we need to hear from you.”

Miss Müller was of mixed race, slim and 5′ 7′ with shoulder length dark brown afro hair and brown eyes. She was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Madeira or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Victim: Janet Müller

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