A HUSBAND has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a mum-of-five who was found dead at her home.
Shaun Dyson has denied killing his former partner Lucy-Anne Rushton in Andover, Hants, in June of this year after the pair split up.
Police were called to a house in Suffolk Road, Andover, at 5.30am on June 23 where Ms Rushton, who was married to the defendant but separated, was found injured and she was later pronounced dead.
The 28-year-old has been remanded in custody until he reappears at Winchester Crown Court for trial on December 2.
Judge Keith Cutler told the defendant: “We are moving towards a trial on this matter which will hopefully begin on December 2.
“In the meantime there is a lot of work to be done by the police, prosecution and the defence.”
In a statement released by her family, they described the 30-year-old as a “beautiful mother, daughter, sister, niece, auntie and friend.”
They added: “Sadly her life was taken away from us all. Part of her will always live on through her children.
“There will never be a day that she isn’t thought about. She will be missed enormously by everyone. The life and soul of the party.
“We are absolutely heartbroken that we will never see her gorgeous face again.
“RIP our angel. We love you Lucy. Never forgotten, always in our hearts. Mum’s wild child!”
Neighbours said two women were “screaming” and fighting in the street outside her house an hour after the she was discovered in the early hours of June 23.
They were seen fighting and hitting each other before being separated by police around 6.30am.
A teenager who lives opposite Ms Rushton’s home of two years said she watched from her window as the fight erupted.
“Another woman came out. She said ‘you need to be quiet now,’ and then they just started fighting.
“They were physically fighting in the street – hitting each other.
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“The police got involved then, and I couldn’t see what happened next.
“I think it was the lady who passed’s sister who was doing the screaming.”
Another neighbour in her 30s said she had chatted to Ms Rushton – also known as Lucy Dyson – and found her “very kind”.
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