Coventry & Warwickshire

Tribute to woman found dead in Rugby

Gemma Hayter
Image caption Gemma Hayter suffered serious head injuries

The family of a woman whose body was found on a disused railway line in Warwickshire say she was a "character" and a "very loving person".

The body of Gemma Hayter, 27, was found by a place known as the old station in Rugby on 9 August. Police said she had suffered serious head injuries.

Her family said she would be "very sadly missed" by a lot of people.

Two men aged 19, a 17-year-old boy and two women, aged 18 and 21, have been charged with murder.

Daniel Newstead, 19, Chantelle Booth, 21, Jessica Lyna, 18 - all from Little Pennington Street, Rugby - and Duncan Edwards, 19, of Ashwood Court Rounds Garden in the town, appeared before magistrates on Friday.

'Laughed and cried'

The 17-year-old boy cannot be named because of his age.

All five are in custody. A bail hearing was due to take place at Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday.

In a statement released on behalf of the family, Gemma Hayter's mother - who has not been named - said: "She craved friendship and acceptance from her peers..

"Someone once called her an enigma - well she certainly was that - but she was very loved and will be very sadly missed by a lot of people as well as her family.

"Since Gemma died I have remembered lots of instances, usually those that have made me and others laugh.

"Other people, and there have been a lot of them, who have known Gemma all or most of her life, have helped so much.

"We have laughed and cried together, remembering things good and bad."

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