Grandson, 31, is charges with murdering his 89-year-old grandmother

Grandson, 31, is charges with murdering his 89-year-old grandmother who was stabbed to death in her own flat

A man has been charged with the murder of his 89-year-old grandmother after she was found stabbed to death in her own flat.

Verushan Manoharan, 31, is accused of killing Sakunthala Francis after she was discovered with knife wounds at around 9.20pm on Tuesday.

Paramedics rushed to the flat in Thornton Heath, south London, and discovered the pensioner, then called police when she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Manoharan was arrested later that evening in nearby Croydon, south London, and charged with murder last night.

Verushan Manoharan, 31, is accused of killing Sakunthala Francis after she was discovered with knife wounds at around 9.20pm on Tuesday

He is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today after being held in custody.

Today Scotland Yard confirmed the suspect and the alleged victim are grandmother and grandson.

The Met Police said no other suspects are being hunted over the killing.

A spokesman for the force said today: ‘Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Croydon have charged a man.

‘Verushan Manoharan, 31, of Kingsley Road, Croydon, was charged on the evening of Wednesday, 22 June with murder.

Paramedics rushed to the flat in Thornton Heath, south London, and discovered the pensioner, then called police when she was pronounced dead at the scene

Paramedics rushed to the flat in Thornton Heath, south London, and discovered the pensioner, then called police when she was pronounced dead at the scene

Today Scotland Yard confirmed the suspect and the alleged victim are grandmother and grandson

Today Scotland Yard confirmed the suspect and the alleged victim are grandmother and grandson

‘He is due to appear in custody today at Croydon Magistrates’ Court.

‘Police were called by London Ambulance Service at around 9:20pm on Tuesday, June 21, to a woman suffering stab injuries at a residential address in Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath.

‘Officers attended along with ambulance colleagues. An 89-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘She has been named as Sakunthala Francis. Her family are aware and are being supported by specialist officers. A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.

‘A man was arrested at another address in Croydon a short time later. He was later charged as above.

‘Enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances. At this stage, nobody else is sought in connection with the death. The deceased and the man charged are grandmother and grandson.’

Anyone with information that could help the investigation can call police on 101 using the reference 7790/21jun or remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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