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Floral tributes left outside the house on Millgate, Newark
Floral tributes left outside the house on Millgate, Newark

An alleged murder victim has been described as a lovely, gentle soul who would go out of her way to help others.

Floral tributes have been left outside the house on Millgate, Newark, where 59-year-old Karen Jacquet was pronounced dead.

One read: “You had a heart of gold and a beautiful soul. Forever missed.”

Some tributes to the former foster carer and teacher were left by young people.

Another, spelling out her name, read: “Kind; Admirable; Righteous; Elegant; Noble.”

No cause of death has been released.

A 65-year-old man, Mr Yousef Mohammed, of Millgate, has been charged with murder.

No plea was entered in a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday and he has been remanded in custody.

The next hearing is due to take place on November 10 and a trial is expected to start on April 2.

Naomi Sills, fostering service manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We were very saddened to hear this tragic news.

“Karen was a dedicated foster carer for almost 15 years up until 2009, helping make a difference to the lives of many children.

“It is heartening to hear how many friends and neighbours have paid tribute to Karen by referring to her fostering care work.”

'It is such a shock'

Karen is thought to have moved to Millgate around two years ago, having lived in East Stoke for more than two decades.

Several police cars and an air ambulance were called to the property at around 5.10pm on Wednesday last week.

A neighbour, Mary Coupland, of Southfield House, said: “I just couldn’t get over it because it is such a shock. She was really kind.

“I have got her telephone number and she said whenever you want me, if you have got to get anywhere, don’t be afraid to ask.”

Another neighbour, Mrs Shirley Wilford, also of Southfield House, said: “It is unbelievable. I have known her since she moved in and I cannot take it in.

“She was such a good person and she has been fostering for years.”

Karen had previously helped adults with learning disabilities.

A former colleague, Karen Doyle, said: “She was a lovely, gentle soul who was so caring and patient and always had time to speak to you.”

Mrs Claire Hunsley said their paths had crossed numerous times over the years.

“Although Karen and I were only really acquaintances I always found her to be a kind, caring person. I am in utter shock at what has happened.”

Karen also previously taught at Newark College, helping students on a BTEC Foundation nursery nursing course.

Among them was Kathy Scott, who said: “She was really kind and helpful, and passionate about her job.

“After I left college I would still bump into her and she would always have time for a chat.

“She always had time for everyone. That was just her nature.”

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