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Surrey murder suspect and victim "were married but had separated"

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Published by Lucinda Horsley at 5:19pm 11th February 2019. (Updated at 5:27pm 11th February 2019)

Police say a mother-of-four and a man charged with her murder "were married but had separated". 

  • Ewell murder suspect and victim were married, but had separated
  • Aliny Mendes, 39, died at the roadside on Friday after being stabbed
  • The attack happened in broad daylight 
  • Ricardo Godhino, 41, from Epsom is being held over her murder
  • A court date has been set for March 15

39 year old Aliny Mendes died at the roadside in Ewell on Friday (January 8) after a man got out of his car and launched the attack.

It happened at the Sparrow Farm Road junction of London Road at around 3pm, in broad daylight. 

A post-mortem examination has concluded that Aliny died as a result of stab wounds.

41 year old Ricardo Godinho, of Kingston Road in Epsom had been remanded in custody after appearing at Guildford Crown Court this afternoon.

A plea and trial preparation hearing will take place on March 15. 

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Chapman said:

“I can now confirm that the Aliny Mendes and Ricardo Godinho were married, but had separated. However, I would continue to urge people not to speculate about the details around the circumstances of what happened, and that if anyone has any information that which could help with our investigation, to get in touch with us.

“I would like to thank the community for the help and support they have provided over the last few days. They have really pulled together at what is an extremely difficult time for all.

"We have received a phenomenal amount of contact from those who witnessed the incident, and this has been a tremendous help to our investigation.”

Officers will continue to patrol Ewell and provide reassurance to the public following the tragic incident on Friday.

'Everything she did was for the love of her children'

Paying tribute to Aliny on Saturday evening, her sister said:

“My sister was lovely, always thinking about everyone but mostly her children. She had a wonderful heart and there was no one else like her. She was a caring sister and worried about everyone. She was always making sure everyone was ok. She tried to help everyone where she could.

"She loved to cook and would organise surprise parties for friends and family giving cakes and presents she was loved by everyone. Everything she did was for the love for her children.”

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