Family of woman murdered at Goodwood speak of their heartbreak

The family of a woman who was murdered and buried on the Goodwood Estate have spoken of their heartbreak.

Neale James was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for a minimum of 28 years for murdering his 78-year-old mother Brenda James.

Brenda’s body was discovered on the Goodwood Estate in March this year, two days after she was reported as missing.

Hove Crown Court heard yesterday (Thursday, November 24) that James had planned on murdering his mother after he got into debt from gambling.

Nicole Moren-James, daughter of Brenda James, released a statement which said: “I am heartbroken that I have been deprived of seeing my mother again and that my children have been deprived of seeing their ‘Nana’ ever again.

“She was an important part of my family and I am thankful that we have many happy memories of our time together.

“Mum was brutally taken away from us and the loss has created a wound in our hearts and minds that will never completely heal.

“On behalf of my mum I would like to thank everyone who has kindly and courageously come forward and given their evidence during what has been a difficult time for us all.”