Pontypridd murder: Man charged after Sarah Hassall's death

Sarah Hassall Image copyright Family photo
Image caption Sarah Hassall had previously served in the RAF and the Royal Engineers

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a mother-of-two.

Police had been investigating the murder of Sarah Hassall, 38, after detectives were called to Llys Graig Y Wion, Pontypridd, at about 08:00 BST on Sunday.

On Tuesday, police said Brian Manship, 37, of Pontypridd, was charged and will appear before magistrates on Wednesday.

Det Ch Insp Mark O'Shea thanked the community for its support as officers investigated.

The family of Ms Hassall, who is from Chelmsford, Essex, said she touched "many lives".

Image caption Police officers have searched drains close to the property

In a statement, her family said Ms Hassall spent 14 years in the military, at both the RAF and the Royal Engineers.

She spent much of her career focused on mountain search and rescue, and she competed in rock climbing and running.

"Sarah left the Army in 2010 to embark on, and excel at, even greater challenges, raising two young boys, Owain and Evan," the family said.

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