A teenager hunted for stabbing a mother-of-three to death at a flat in suburban South-West London has been captured by police and charged.
Reece Ludlow, 18, (pic.bottom) of Oakwood Court, Sutton is charged with murdering Yorkshire lass Louisa Jane Brannan, 35, (pic.top) on March 14.
He has appeared before Camberwell Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on June 27.
Police were called at 6:45am on March 14 to a body found at a flat in Oakwood Court, Sutton, later identified as ex-heroin addict Louisa, originally from Huddersfield.
A post-mortem examination at nearby St. Hellier Hospital on March 16 confirmed the cause of death to be multiple stab wounds.
The Homicide & Serious Crime Command circulated that Ludlow was wanted in connection with the murder and a £5,000 reward was offered for information leading to his capture.
Louisa’s parents said in a statement: “The death of our lovely daughter Louisa has come as a terrible shock. We are all devastated and we will miss her terribly.”
Louisa Brannan lived in Water Street, Springwood until she was jailed for robbery in 2009 and she had previously lived in Bradley Mills.
A friend revealed she had been clean from heroin for over two years adding: “She was very remorseful and sorry for her crime. Her children love her and are so proud of her, so are we. She was off drugs and doing so well.”