Gorleston stabbing: Daughter's tribute to 'beautiful bright' mum

Lorna McCarthy Image copyright Kerrie Oates
Image caption Lorna McCarthy had many friends in Great Yarmouth and was known as a colourful personality

An only daughter has paid tribute to her mother with "a big, bright and beautiful personality" found dead in her home in Norfolk.

Lorna McCarthy was found at her house in Gorleston, on 28 September and Barry McCarthy, her husband, was remanded in custody charged with her murder.

A post-mortem examination confirmed she died from a stab wound to the heart.

Daughter Kerrie Oates, who lives in Bournemouth, said the family felt absolutely devastated.

She described her mother as a "very colourful person, well known for her bright and frequently changing hair colour".

"We cannot believe she has gone. She loved spending time with her friends and family.

"She was caring and considerate, and she always put other people before herself.

Funeral on Tuesday

"She was always the life and soul of the party, and really enjoyed making unique fancy dress costumes.

"She had a big, bright and beautiful personality - there was never a dull moment, she was always smiling.

"She was stolen from us too soon and we all miss her terribly."

Birmingham-born Mrs McCarthy had lived in Gorleston for 15 years and moved to Norfolk from Sheffield where her funeral will be held on Tuesday.

She had built up many friendships in Gorleston and Great Yarmouth where she had three jobs mainly helping organisation looking after people with complex needs.

She had also owned a newsagents at King Street in Great Yarmouth where a memorial event will take place on 22 November.

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