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Family pay tribute to 'beautiful and intelligent' mum murdered on Surrey street

Family pay tribute to 'beautiful and intelligent' mum murdered on Surrey street

Published by Josh Kerr at 2:56pm 17th July 2019. (Updated at 10:36pm 17th July 2019)

The family of a mum murdered on a Surrey street whilst on the school run have described her as a "beautiful, intelligent, happy, caring woman".

39-year-old Aliny Mendes died after her ex-partner Ricardo Godinho stabbed her multiple times in Ewell in February.

Godinho, 41, of Kingston Road, Epsom, was found guilty of murder and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place after a two and a half week trial at Guildford Crown Court.

Following Godinho's conviction Aliny's family paid tribute to her and described the feeling of losing her.

Aliny’s family's statement in full:

“Aliny was a beautiful, intelligent, happy, caring woman who was loved by so many people, both in the UK, and in her home country of Brazil.

“The events of Friday 8 February 2019 took away not only a sister, daughter, grandchild and friend, but more importantly, took a loving mother away from her four small children.

“The impact that Aliny’s death has left on her children is almost impossible to put into words.

“All four children are under the age of 12 years old and are now left with no mother which is so hard for them to process at such a young age.

“It’s the small things that will have an impact on their lives growing up.

“When the children are ill their mother will not there to soothe them, when they get good results at school, their mother will not be there to praise them, when they perform in a school play, their mother will not be there to applaud them, and on birthdays, graduations, wedding days and other momentous events, their mother will not be able to share in the celebration and the joy of the occasion.

“The family cannot express enough how our lives have changed and that it’s a daily struggle to not only come to terms with what has happened but to adapt to a new way of life.

“We are thankful for all the efforts by the criminal justice system but no sentence will ever replace or bring back our beautiful Aliny.”

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