Crime & the Law

26 year old Beckenham man charged with murdering Brighton University student


University of Brighton student Janet Müller. Image: Sussex Police

26 year old Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw from Lakeside, Beckenham has been charged by the Sussex police of murdering 21 year old University of Brighton student Janet Müller whose body was found in a burning car in Ifield.

The vehicle was discovered in Rusper Road on Friday 13th March shortly after 2.30 pm.

He’s been remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court today Thursday 19th March.

Miss Müller was reporting missing from Mill View Hospital in Nevill Avenue, Hove, on Thursday 12th March.

She was a University of Brighton student studying at the Eastbourne campus and a post mortem revealed the cause of death as smoke inhalation.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said:

Specially trained officers are supporting Janet’s family at this extremely difficult time.

Although we have charged a man with murder, I am appealing for information from anyone who may have seen Janet on Thursday night (12 March).

She was last seen at Mill View at 10.15pm.

If anyone saw her leaving the hospital or walking in the area, we need to hear from you.

Miss Müller was of mixed race, slim and 5′ 7′ with shoulder length dark brown afro hair and brown eyes. She was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Sussex Police on 101 or quoting Operation Madeira or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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