First pics of ‘beautiful’ mum who was ‘stabbed to death’ sparking murder probe

The family of an alleged murder victim have paid an emotional tribute to the "beautiful" mum who has been pictured for the first time.

Marie Gladders has been identified as the woman who was found with fatal stab wounds in George Road, Stockland Green, on November 12.

The 51-year-old's death has left her family devastated and heartbroken.

Ms Gladders, from Chelmsley Wood, has been described as a "beautiful mother" in a loving statement issued by her family.

They said: "We are beyond devastated and heartbroken over the tragic loss of our beautiful mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, partner and friend.

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“To lose her in such a cruel way is deeply saddening, and we pray that justice is served for her. We hope that she is at peace now.

“Sleep tight mom until we meet you again, we love you to infinity!"

A post-mortem examination concluded Ms Gladders had died of stab injuries, reports Birmingham Live.

Detective Inspector Stuart Mobberley, from the West Midlands Police homicide team, added: “My thoughts remain with Marie’s family who are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.”

Mark Masefield, aged 52 and of George Road, was charged with murder last Friday (November 13).

He appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Saturday (November 14) and was remanded into custody.

Issuing a statement, police said: "Detectives investigating after the body of a woman was found at an address in Stockland Green on Thursday (12 November), have charged a man with her murder.

"We were called to an address in George Road at around 8.25pm following a report of a woman being stabbed.

"Sadly, the 51-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene."

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