THE MAN being treated as a suspect in the murder of the couple in Chidham has died in hospital, police said.
Police have named the suspect as Norman Williams, 70, who was brother-in-law to Sheila Jefferson, 73, the woman killed in her bungalow along with husband Dennis Jefferson, 76.
A murder investigation was launched after the couple’s bodies were found on Saturday morning in their property in Maybush Drive, which had been ravaged by fire.
Detectives were waiting to speak to Norman Williams, who attended an address in Rotherfield on Saturday lunchtime with severe burns.
Police said he was transferred to hospital where he died on Tuesday, February 9.
Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “The information we have so far had led us to treat Norman as the suspect in our investigation.
“He has since passed away in hospital. We do not have any information that there is anyone else involved.
“This is a tragic incident and the families of all those involved has asked for privacy and time to grieve at this time.
“We are continuing to appeal to anyone in the area who might have seen or heard anything suspicious in Maybush Drive between 9am on Friday and 8.35am when the fire started on Saturday morning.”
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